Dr. John Ong’ech has declined the role of CEO of KNH as replacement for Lily Koros. According to media reports, the senior gynecologist and obstetrician at the hospital is afraid of standing against cartels.
This is after the string of cases reported were attributed to the same. Dr. Ong’ech said he could not take up the job because the tenderpreneur cartels are interested in controlling the institution’s budget.
Dr Ong’ech was recently appointed by CS Kariuki in an acting capacity after she sent the KNH chief executive, her deputy Bernard Githae, and the director of clinical services on compulsory leave to allow for investigations into the matter.
According to Dr. Ong’ech, previous CEOs history only served to fuel his decision. He cited an incident where a former CEO was reportedly pulled from his house at gunpoint. He also claimed that previous office holders leaving the office was often influenced by politics.
However, he was quick to add that he would still serve as a gynaecologist at the facilty.
Dr Ong’ech’s admission puts the KNH hot seat in the same league as that of the chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, as well as a number of parastatals.
In most of these, both political and commercial forces plot to sway the managements’ decisions in their favour.