Former Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital CEOs in a near punch up at hotel in Eldoret

The now abondoned project was meant to have replaced current MTRH which has outgrown its capacity

The Weekly Vision

Two retired former Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) chief executives came close to exchanging punches at a hotel in Eldoret recently over an argument of who among them had provided better services while in the office!

The two men were enjoying lunch at the Horizon hotel owned by MTRH pensioners when a discussion erupted on the failure of the “Academic Model for the Prevention and Treatment of HIV” (AMPATH) to develop an HIV/AIDS vaccine despite promising signs by researchers. AMPATH worked jointly with South Africa and US universities and research institutions at a huge cost.

A bitter Dr Kibosia accused deputy president William Ruto of derailing his plans to upgrade and expand Moi Referral to the 700-bed modern hospital even after Chinese financiers had availed funding to the tune of Kshs 7b

Dr John Kibosia former CEO at MTRH 2004-2016

Dr John Kibosia the immediate former CEO at MTRH 2004-2016 had confronted his predecessor Prof. Haroun Mengich whom he accused of incompetence as Mengich retorted that he had suffered “damaging” media coverage sponsored by his “enemies”.

An eye witness told The Weekly Vision online how the two men both from a Kalenjin sub-tribe Marakwet engaged in a heated argument over who performed better at MTRH! The two elders both semi-retired exchanged harsh words on the performance of the 300-bed facility and the issue of uplifting the welfare of the locals in Elgeyo Marakwet.

A bitter Dr Kibosia accused deputy president William Ruto of derailing his plans to upgrade and expand Moi Referral to the 700-bed modern hospital even after Chinese financiers had availed funding to the tune of Kshs 7b.

Prof. Haroun Mengich

Kibosia claimed DP Ruto had been misled by some Marakwet medics led by Mengich into sabotaging the upgrade in 2015 claiming the money would build another hospital in Eldoret. But The Weekly Vision has established that so far nothing has been done on the new facility after ground breaking ceremony.

The Chinese investor who through the Exim Bank in 2015 arranged an all-expenses paid trip to Beijing of management and board members of the Moi Teaching hospital, has been demanding a refund of Kshs 20 million.

The frustrated investor is bitter with the Kenya government for sabotaging such a well-intentioned project that would have made medical expenses more affordable to wananchi instead of congestion at KNH and trips to India. The two former CEOs exchanged harsh words over the alleged marginalization of the Marakwet community in the Kerio valley. Kibosia accused the Keiyo of derailing major projects that would have benefited the local community like the  Kimwarer and Arror dams.

Former Treasury Secretary Henry Rotich a Keiyo was sacked over alleged graft linked payment to a shadowy Italian firm facing bankruptcy, up to Kshs 67 billion. The firm was paid before even the bush around the site had been cleared and locals compensated for the land! Kibosia and Mengich accused each other of malicious witch-hunt in in the alternative press local media. An angry Kibosia taunted Mengich for bankrolling a Nairobi based publication with adverts running into millions of shillings despite the paper selling a few copies in Nairobi only.

 But Mengich accused Kibosia of sponsoring defamatory stories in the press to undermine his tenure then in 2002-03. But Kibosia dismissed this as “rubbish” saying Mengich failed to run the hospital efficiently and was removed by the board on merit. Kibosia added that he was the “best performing” medical CEO at the Eldoret based facility.

Kibosia waved aside claims of tribalism saying he had run the facility efficiently 2004-2015 turning around major clinics that had been run down by the previous management while also starting on new units.

He said his efficiency had seen a crucial HIV/AIDS/ TB/ Malaria donor funded project under AMPATH fully revived with the assistance of several US based universities and research institutions. Other new clinics included open heart surgery, kidney transplant, cancer radiotherapy and modern CT scan equipment.

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