Bank account used to steal nurses' money

Major revelation

Knun secretary general Seth Panyako during a past meeting

An unknown bank account was on Friday identified to be used to steal money for nurses from 16 counties and the Ministry of Health.

Reports indicated that the money for Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) members was being diverted to a bank account at Ecobank.

The association moved to inform the DCI over the issue which informed KNUN that investigations had begun.

KNUN had filed a petition that stated that the account was created by three officials from the county governments that was used to steal the money on a monthly basis.

KNUN secretary general Seth Panyako explained that the move by the officials was unconstitutional.

There exists an improper, unlawful and unconstitutional bank account in the 1st respondent’s (Ecobank) bank… at Eldoret Branch which was frequently introduced into the Integrated Financial Management System… and unconstitutionally received subscriptions so deducted from the wages of the members of the claimant from 16 county governments and the Ministry of Health,” remarked Panyako.

Integrated Financial Management System

According to the union, the only legal account was the one at Co-operative Bank.

The secretary general further pointed out that the illegal scheme was created in the Integrated Financial Management System (IFMIS) by officials from Uasin Gishu, Narok and Nyandarua counties.

The union highlighted that the account at Ecobank received approximately Sh9.6 million.

Ecobank however froze the account after the union presented the case to the DCI

The DCI on their part refused to disclose information of their investigations after KNUN requested to be informed of the progress made.

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