In Summary
  • Activist Okiya Omtatah filed a case seeking to stop the hospital's official launch this week as a State parastatal, arguing the move would be contrary to the law.
  • The activist also notes that a legal notice issued in January, directing that the facility be a separate State corporation or parastatal, is unlawful.
  • The facility has been lying idle for about two years following a row between the university and the government on who should manage it.

A dispute over management of the Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral and Research Hospital on Monday landed in the corridors of justice.

Activist Okiya Omtatah filed a case seeking to stop its official launch this week as a State parastatal, arguing the move would be contrary to the law.

Mr Omtatah argues that the 650-bed facility was set up as a referral and research hospital under the said university hence an attempt to take it away is contrary to the law when it comes to protecting the university's name and assets from third parties.

He further states that even though the hospital was constructed using government loans, it has largely remained under the management of the university.

LEGAL NOTICE

The activist also notes that a legal notice issued in January, directing that the facility be a separate State corporation or parastatal, is unlawful.

The legal notice saw Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki appoint Andrew Toro as acting Chief Executive Officer in April in the disputed hospital which will be run by the board.

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