St Mary’s Mission Hospitals CEO Gabriel Njue on Wednesday told the court the institution lost equipment worth over Sh 40 million during the transitional period; before the Assumption Sisters of Nairobi took over the hospital management.
Njue while giving his evidence in a case where three senior hospital management officers have been charged with theft of hospital equipment said that before they took over the hospital there was vandalism and theft in a bid to destabilize operations at the facility.
It is alleged that the hospital wards and laboratory equipment were vandalized and stolen by a section of staff and locals allegedly allied to American priest Bill Fryda.
He said only 57 assorted theatre and laboratory equipment valued at Sh 13,283,200 were recovered by the police adding that some equipment like anesthesia machines, dialysis machines and theatre monitors and surgical sets are still missing.
“Only 57 assorted theatre and laboratory equipment valued at Sh 13,283,200 were recovered by the police adding that some equipment like anesthesia machines, dialysis machines and theatre monitors and surgical sets are still missing” he said.
According to him, the theft was an inside job adding that he was told by a senior administration police officer guarding the hospital that they never stopped the theft since there was an order from the hospital management to remove the equipment from the hospital.
Criminal charges had been preferred against the hospital staff three months after the hospital went through a violent transition of management.
The multi billion shillings hospital has been at the center of controversy over its ownership between the priest and the nuns.
The hospital administrator Seth Manera, two doctors Lemayan and Peter Kibet and businessman Peter Njenga are accused of looting medical equipment from the Elementaita hospital before the Assumption Sisters of Nairobi took over the management of the facility from the American Missionary Dr William Charles Fryda.
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