The National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) has appointed Dr. Peter Kamunyo Gathege as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), the firm’s Board of Directors has revealed.
The appointment will take effect on April 14 and it will see Mr. Gathege take over from Nicodemus Odongo, who has been serving as the firm’s interim CEO since November 2018. Mr. Odongo held the reins following the dismissal of then CEO, Geoffrey Mwangi, who was relieved of duty following numerous accusations of graft and mismanagement.
Since November 2018, the state parastatal has been on the hunt for a permanent chief executive, often advertising the position in local dailies. In February 2020, just when the search for a new boss seemed over, former Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki turned down a three-man shortlist of potential long term replacements for the position, further prolonging the chase.
“Dr. Kamunyo brings to the Fund a wealth of professional experience with an intensive background in senior leadership positions at pioneering innovative healthcare organizations, global market leaders in the field of insurance brokering and medical scheme administration and fund management,” said NHIF chairperson Hannah Muriithi.
“The Board of Management is confident that Dr. Kamunyo’s expertise and experience will enable him to steer the Fund to achieving its core mandate and implementation of the reforms in reposition of NHIF as a strategic purchaser of healthcare benefits towards the delivery of Universal Health Coverage,” Ms. Muriithi added.
Dr. Kamunyo is expected to assist the Health Ministry, now under ex- Nyeri Senator Mutahi Kagwe, in enacting reforms that will augment NHIF’s capacity to deliver Universal Health Care to all Kenyans.
Dr. Kamunyo is a non-executive board director at the Kenya Healthcare Federation and the East Africa Healthcare Federation. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine at the University of London. He similarly holds a bachelor’s degree in medicine and surgery from the University of Nairobi.