The saga surrounding the National Insurance Fund civil servants' medical insurance scheme took a new twist yesterday with the chairman of the Health committee claimed his life is in danger.
The Parliamentary Departmental Committee on Health chairman Robert Monda said some individuals have been trailing him with an aim of killing him over the investigations.
He said he has also been receiving strange calls both from unanimous callers and some people he knows inquiring about his movements.
The Nyaribari Chache MP however declined to name the people he said he knows and who have been calling to threaten him.
Monda said he believes the threat to his life is linked to investigations into NHIF scandal since the strange callings and trailing started when the inquiry started about two months ago.
The MP said three weeks ago, he informed the head of public service Francis Kimemia as well as Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere and sought additional security but both have not acted.
Monda said police only asked him to recommend five police officers whom he wanted attached to him as additional security but the department never responded after he submitted the names. "If I am killed, it is the same government that will promise the country that those who killed me will be brought to book.
This is the government practice," Monda said.
He first raised his concerns in the chambers seeking the help of the Speaker Kenneth Marende and later addressed the press at Parliament Buildings where he reiterated that his life is in danger.
Monda said the threats have however not influenced the report which he said is ready. He was meant to table it yesterday but Marende said the practice is that his office clears it first before formal tabling in the House.
Marende directed the report be tabled next Tuesday.
The report has cleared Meridian Medical Centers while it wants the managers of Clinix Healthcare investigated for giving the committee misleading information.
The two were at the centre of investigations after it emerged that they had received the bulk of the money to offer medical services to civil servants and their dependants.
The report appears to shift the bulk of the work to the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission saying it should among other people investigate Medical Services minister Anyang' Nyong'o and his Public Service counterpart Dalmas Otieno.
The committee has also recommended the investigation of among others Medical Services PS Mary Ngari, the Director of Medical Services, Dr Francis Kimani, the Registrar-General Bernice Gachegu, former NHIF chief executive Richard Kerich and all members of the former NHIF board.
It wants EACC to complete the investigations in the next three months.
The committee was probing how NHIF paid Sh1.2 billion to health service providers across the country for the first three months of this year for the civil servants' medical insurance scheme. The money was part of the Sh4.3 billion deducted from workers and which the government was planning to spend to cover more than 220,000 civil servants for the entire year.
In Parliament, Monda said the report is ready and now only awaits tabling. He said some persons in government, whom he did not name, want to cover corruption and that threats to his life should not be taken lightly. "The threats that I have experienced cannot be taken slightly. Such threats have occurred to others before and result is that those people have died in the course of their public service," said Monda.
Responding, Marende directed the MP to report to the Parliament's police post and ask the officer in charge to second to him additional police officers. Marende said the MP should report back to the Speaker's office on whether additional officers have been provided. Marende, who termed the matter as "grave and serious" asked deputy leader of government business in the House Amos Kimunya to also respond on the floor of the House on the concerns raised by Monda.
Kimunya told the House that the government was committed to providing security to everyone. He said Monda's security needs will be assessed to enable the government know the additional police officers he requires. Other MPs members of the committee are Nuh Abdi, Sheikh Muhammed Dor, Cyprian Omolo, Fredrick Outa, Joseph Magwanga, Thomas Mwadeghu, Victor Munyaka, David Eseli, Boni Khalwale and Joseph Lekuton.