Resolve NHIF saga, uhuru told-counties


07 Jul 2015 | by Nana Beat
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 Resolve NHIF saga, uhuru told-counties

President Uhuru Kenyatta has been challenged to handle the ongoing row over the National Hospital Insurance Fund’s [NHIF] new rates.Dock Workers Union [DWU] General Secretary Simon Sang wants the Head of State to take up the NHIF issue personally the way he handled the illicit brews issue............

President Uhuru Kenyatta has been challenged to handle the ongoing row over the National Hospital Insurance Fund’s [NHIF] new rates.Dock Workers Union [DWU] General Secretary Simon Sang wants the Head of State to take up the NHIF issue personally the way he handled the illicit brews issue.    

 

He said though the war against illicit brews was a Mt Kenya affair the Head of State has made it a national one."The NHIF saga has been an issue of national nature and we wonder why President Kenyatta has not taken any interest in it," he said. He spoke during a press conference at DWU offices along Jomo Kenyatta Avenue in Mombasa County yesterday. The DWU boss dismissed claims that the strike commenced after they  had refused to have a dialogue with the government and relevant authorities.      

 

Mr Sang said they opted to strike after the government and the relevant authorities declined to engage them in dialogue.He said in previous meetings at the initial stages things went on well and they almost sealed a deal with the government."But during the last meeting things changed and moved from bad to worse which led to the strike option,’’ he said.The DWU  boss insisted that President  Kenyatta should take the NHIF issue  seriously adding that they are ready to partner with NHIF.

 

Mr Sang dismissed claims they are opposed to the 1.5 per cent rate adding that the rate should be based on basic salary which is consistent with the anticipated income to the fund.He asked the government to allow NHIF management be allowed to negotiate with the contributors.

 

"The accountability the unions are proposing is in support of the Head of State's declared war on corruption and lack of accountability,’’ he said.

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