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Uhuru sacks ex-MP Nicholas Gumbo from KNH board

President Uhuru Kenyatta has revoked former Rairieda MP Nicholas Gumbo’s appointment as Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) Board chairperson.

Gumbo was appointed as KNH board chairperson in May 2019 for a three-year term that would have ended in 2021.

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In a special gazette notice dated April 21, Uhuru revoked his appointment with immediate effect and named George Opondo Ooko as the new chairperson.   

The Head of State also said that the new appointee would take over with immediate effect until May 2, 2022.

“In exercise of powers conferred by State Corporations Act, I appoint George Opondo Ooko to be the chairperson of Kenyatta National Hospital Board up to May 2, 2022 with effect from April 21, 2020. The appointment of Nicholas Gumbo is revoked,” stated Uhuru.

Reacting to the news Gumbo, said he learnt of his sacking through the gazette notice.

“The appointments are usually done through gazette notices and on the same platform I received the information on the revocation of my appointment. It is the prerogative of the President to hire and fire and I cannot speculate on the move,” Gumbo said.

Following his appointment, Opondo, KNH CEO Evanson Kamuri and other senior management toured various departments of the referral hospital. 

KNH currently handles thousands of COVID-19 patients including those admitted at Mbagathi Hospital. 

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