Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua thanked President William Ruto for appointing former Transport Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau as the new chairperson of the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) board.
Gachagua termed Kamau a distinguished public servant and that the ex-CS had worked hard but instead “persecuted and taken through hell” by the State.
He seemed to be attacking former president Uhuru Kenyatta. He has been attacking him since his election as the DP over among others his prosecution over graft cases in counties which was however dropped.
“Thank you, my Boss, H.E. President @WilliamsRuto, for restoring the dignity of Eng. Michael Kamau. A distinguished Public Servant who put in years of committed service to our great Nation of Kenya, he was persecuted and taken through hell by the very Government he had served,” Gachagua who is out of the country said in a tweet.
“For 8 years, the son of Kenya has not known peace.”
According to Gachagua, Kamau’s appointment will make NHIF efficient.
“The appointment of Eng. Kamau to chair the board of @nhifkenya brings experience and efficiency to an institution critical in implementing the Kenya Kwanza Plan of realizing Universal Health Coverage for all Kenyans,” he said.
In a gazette notice on Friday, President Ruto said Kamau’s new role takes effect immediately.
Kamau replaced Lewis Nguyai who served in the position since February 2021 after his appointment by former President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Kamau was suspended from Kenyatta’s Cabinet on March 28, 2015, and was charged in June 2015 with two counts of abuse of office and failure to comply with applicable procedures and guidelines relating to the management of public funds.
He was cited in the “List of Shame” by the then Director of Prosecution, Keriako Tobiko, among the officials who were mentioned in corruption claims.
He was accused of turning a blind eye when the ministry engineers and construction company Kundan Singh ignored a consultant’s plan during the construction of the Kamukunywa Kaaptama -Kapsokwony Sirisia road in Bungoma County which led to the loss of public funds.
Kamau has since put up a spirited fight against the prosecution.
He denied the claims.