Shock as it emerges that President UHURU KENYATTA plans to ‘raid’ Kenyans’ M-PESA accounts to deduct money to fund NHIF.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 – Barely a week after it was launched, it has now emerged that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government is planning to raid people’s M-PESA accounts to deduct money to fund NHIF.

This was brought to the fore by Health CS Mutahi Kagwe in an interview.

According to Kagwe, though NHIF cover is not mandatory, it is a must for those who can afford to pay so that their health can be insured.

He stated that the amount can be deducted from daily M-PESA transactions, if a person allows, in bits so that at the end of a particular period, he or she should be able to have foot the health cover.

“We are in discussions with mobile money service providers like Safaricom so that when you are doing your daily money transactions, they can deduct something from your transactions if you allow them.”

“If you allow them to deduct Sh17 every day from your daily transaction, you wouldn’t even notice it. The money is submitted to NHIF and by the time you realise it, your cover is in place,” CS kagwe said.

The bottom line is the money service provider won’t deduct money without your permission.

“That is the sort of thinking we must have and appreciate that taking care of oneself is your responsibility,” Kagwe added.

The remarks by the CS have been received with mixed reactions among Kenyans with some opposing while others approving of it.

President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the Universal Health Coverage for the entire country in Mombasa last Monday.


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