Inside the lavish lifestyle of NHIF millionaire receptionist at the center of NHIF scandal

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His fortunes changed after appointment to the NHIF tender evaluation committee

Green Park Estate. Fredrick Sagwe Onyancha reportedly owns several houses in the estate play Green Park Estate. Fredrick Sagwe Onyancha reportedly owns several houses in the estate (Courtesy)

Details have emerged on the lavish lifestyle of NHIF corruption suspect Fredrick Sagwe Onyancha who has amassed wealth worth millions.

The economic transformation of the 39 year old in a span of just 4 years has puzzled many with the EACC closing down on him over alleged involvement in corruption.

Worth noting is that in just 4 years, Sagwe who serves as a receptionist on a salary of Ksh 150000 has bought 8 apartments worth sh 160 million.

One of his palatial homes is located in Green Park estate along Mombasa Road. The well-furnished house was at one point featured in KTN’s programme -Ideal Space, with Sagwe’s wife explaining the expensive fittings in their palatial home. Investigators have valued the house and all the fittings at Sh40 million.

play Fredrick Sagwe Onyancha. He is being sort in relation to the NHIF scandal (Courtesy)


He has also bought a fleet of top of the range cars including Range Rovers and Toyota V8s that he cruises around in.

A chain of car and carpet cleaning businesses valued at Sh 50 million is also part of his portfolio in what EACC believe could have been established from proceeds of corruption.

Sagwe held a lavish wedding at Safari Park hotel with reports indicating that organizing the lavish event cost sh 25 Million.

The Assets Recovery team has moved to court to repossess the house and other properties under his name.

Appointment to the NHIF tender evaluation committee

His big break was in 2013 when he joined the tender evaluation committee at NHIF- a position that saw his wealth portfolio grow significantly almost overnight.

Investigators divulged that despite being a man of able means, Sagwe occasionally “tries to look like a modest man by driving a small car”.

Sagwe began his career at NHIF on a salary of 50000 in 2007 as a front desk officer after graduating from USIU.

He is being sought in the wake of a scandal at NHIF that has so far seen several arrested and arraigned in court.

play File image of National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) CEO Geoffrey Gitau Mwangi (right) and insurer’s chief finance director Wilbert Kiplangat Kurgat in court (Nation)


On 23 November, detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations arrested National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) Chief Executive Officer Geoffrey Mwangi has been arrested by alongside the Head of Finance, Mr. Wilbert Kurgat.

The two were summoned to DCI headquarters located along Kiambu road and were arrested shortly afterwards.

Reports indicate that the two allegedly used their positions to try to block investigations into claims of corruption at NHIF.

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