COTU threatens to withdraw members from NSSF

By KBC Reporter

The Central Organization of Trade Union is threatening to pull out its members from the National Social Security Fund if former Managing Trustee Richard Langat is reinstated.

COTU says it has moved to court to challenge the planned reinstatement accusing the former trustee of mismanaging the fund.

Days after the resignation of the NSSF managing trustee Kariithi Murimi, it is alleged that the former NSSF boss is seeking his way back to the fund.

Cotu has already moved to court to stop the reinstatement of Langat claiming some forces want to have him back through the back door.

COTU claims Labour Cabinet Secretary has no right to appoint the NSSF managing trustee without the consent of the members of the board.

Last week COTU asked the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and the office of Director of Public Prosecution to revisit the Tasia, Nyayo Embakasi and Hazina Towers case by conducting an inquiry on how the initial 3.2 billion shillings was inflated to 7.2 billion shillings without NSSF Board of Trustees involvement and evaluation.

Meanwhile, NHIF outgoing chief executive officer Simon Ole Kirgotty has officially handed over office. Kirgotty whose three years term came to an end outlined a number of his achievements among them the new outpatient medical insurance cover which he said has changed the way Kenyans view NHIF and the increment in premium from 320 to 1700 shillings to high end earners.