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NHIF chief executive Geoffrey Mwangi and the acting finance director Wilbert Kurgat have been sent on compulsory leave.

The two have been charged with conspiracy to defeat justice and disobedience of a lawful order.

Replacing Mwangi is Nicodemus Odongo while Bernard Njenga takes Kurgat’s place at the insurer.

“The Board of Management of National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) has unanimously resolved to send the current Chief Executive Officer Mr. Geoffrey Mwangi and The Acting Director, Finance and Investments Mr. Wilbert Kurgat on compulsory leave pending the consideration of the Public Officer’s case under the Public Service Commission Act, No. 10 of 2017,” a statement by NHIF board chairperson Hannah Muriithi reads.

Ms Muriithi also noted that the insurer will continue to “discharge its mandate and responsibilities without disruption.”

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Odongo is the director of strategy position, while Njenga is in charge of management accounting.

The accused persons while appearing before Nairobi Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi denied the charges and were detained at Industrial Area Prison until Wednesday when the court is expected to deliver a ruling on their bail application.

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