Sossion Under Siege over Medical Cover Scheme
The Union’s Nakuru Branch Executive Council, led by Executive Secretary Gakau Mbugua, Chairman Sammy Kambo, Treasurer Rukwaro Theuri and Vice Chairman Samuel Ng’engo differed with Sossion over his opposition on the new NHIF rates and support for rival TSC’s AON Minet scheme.
Speaking in Nakuru on Wednesday, the union took issue with Sossion’s support for the AON scheme, saying they will force him to leave the NHIF board should he refuse to change his stand on the matter.
The teachers said that they would rather embrace the new NHIF medical scheme than enroll for the TSC medical scheme.
They added that it was awkward for Sossion to support a company that competes with NHIF, in which he is a board of trustee.
The union argued that it was possible for teachers to contribute to NHIF half of what they would surrender to AON and still get a more superior cover.
“Teachers’ pay slips are already overcommitted such that they cannot afford two medical schemes,” said Gakau.
The union further questioned the foundation of the new scheme, noting that NHIF was a non-profit institution while the other company has to make profits.
The teachers said they would resist, by all means, any plan to move them to the AON scheme, adding that they were ready to seek legal intervention on the matter.
By Wangui Ngechu
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