RUTO makes good his threat as he fires all 1,800 NHIF staff; urges them to apply afresh for the few roles in SHA

Friday, June 14, 2024 – The government of President William Ruto has declared all the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) staff members redundant.

In a statement, the Social Health Authority (SHA) Chairperson Timothy Olweny revealed that the Authority was yet to employ staff.

As such, he revealed that all NHIF members were supposed to apply afresh for their jobs in SHA before November 2024. 

He stated there was no guarantee that the over 1,800 staff members would be wholly absorbed into SHA, which is the Authority replacing NHIF. 

“We have staff who are the previous NHIF staff at the moment. However, everybody will have to apply for their jobs and we will recruit afresh,” Olweny stated during an interview

Come November for example, which is what law puts as sunset for NHIF by that time we anticipate we will have recruited our new employees.”

The Chairman remarked that before the end of the recruitment exercise, current NHIF staff will be working under SHA on temporary contractual terms.

Explaining why the Authority had not recruited new employees, keeping in mind that SHA will become operational by July 1, he stated that the Authority had been engaged first in making SHA legal. 

He cited the drafting of the bill and subsequent parliamentary process as having taken much of the time of SHA board members. 

Initially, while fronting the SHA Bill in parliament, the National Assembly Majority Leader stated that NHIF staff would be given a one-year grace period to reapply for their jobs.

Ichung’wah had though warned that only the hard-working staff with no graft cases would be reabsorbed.


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