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MP faces arrest over KES 6 million NHIF debt

29 January 2015, 22:43 Ken Wekesa

Nyali - Nyali Member of Parliament, Hezron Awiti Bolo risks being arrested for failing to remit KES 6 million National Hospital Insurance Funds (NHIF) debt.

The Legislator failed to appear before a magistrate court in Mombasa where he is wanted for failing to remit contributions and penalties contrary to the NHIF laws of Kenya.

The lawyer representing Awiti, Akoth Odera prayed the court to adjourn the case and defer his client's plea for two weeks because the MP was held up by an assignment as a parliamentary officer.

The Nyali MP and Wilfred Oluga are jointly charged that on diverse dates between April 25, 2014 and January 12, 15 being directors and group managing directors of various companies failed to remit standard contribution and penalties amounting to KES 6 million.

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Odera argued that his client did not receive any summon requesting him to appear in court on January 28.

“I plead with the court not to issue any warrants of arrest against my client. I will personally avail him in court,” said Odera.

However, the NHIF area manager Wilkin Menge objected the application saying that the summons were properly issued to Awiti.

Chief magistrate Stephen Riech told the prosecution that they were to serve the respondents with the summons personally in order for him to appear in court.

The case will be mentioned on February 10, 2014.

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