Hospital management in trouble for hiring from one community

Monday, October 14th, 2019 12:08 |
Former Auditor General Edward Ouko. Photo/File

The administration of Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret (MTRH) has been put on the spot for hiring more than one third of its staff from one community.

According to a report by former Auditor General Edward Ouko on MTRH, 68.8 per cent of the 3,749 staff members are from the dominant community.

The AG took issue with the management for going against the National Cohesion and Integration Act 2008 which requires that all public establishments represent the diversity of the people Kenya in employment of staff.

“This also contravenes Cap 232 (h) of the Constitution of Kenya on principals and values of the National Cohesion. The management is therefore in breach of the law,” said Ouko in the report.

The report further flagged off the management of the second largest referral hospital in the country for failing to remit employees contribution totaling more than Sh99.4 million for the months of May 2018 and prior months to respective entities.

Remit deductions

“The management is in breach of the law and failure to remit the deductions may attract penalties and interest charges,” the report said.

There are also fears that the hospital might lose the Eldoret Memorial Hospital land whose ownership is at the centre of a legal tussle. In the audit report on the disputed prime land, the former Auditor General said the ownership status of the property, which includes plant and equipment worth Sh2.1 billion as at 30th June 2018 could not be confirmed. 

“The hospital management did not avail documentary evidence indicating efforts made to reclaim the encroached land,” Ouko said. 

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