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Cartels force doctor to turn down KNH top job - 11 months ago, 8 Mar 16:57

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A medical doctor picked to act as chief executive of Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) declined the role for fear that standing up against cartels blamed for plunder of the referral facility could ruin his career and endanger his life. John Ong’ech, a senior gynaecologist, approached to replace suspended CEO Lilly Koros, said on Wednesday the job involves stepping on too many political toes. He said there are cartels of ‘tenderpreneurs’ interested in controlling the institution’s budget that runs into billions of shillings. “This is a job of managing a budget of almost Sh20 billion per year and 4,000 staff. It also has unlimited access to power and influence. I declined based on the history of previous CEOs who did not have a good ending,” said Dr Ong’ech in an interview. He said he was contented with improving women’ lives while serving in his capacity. “In my opinion, service to our ...
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