A controversy has arisen at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) regarding the selection process for a new CEO to replace Dr. Wilson Aruacsa, whose term ended recently.

The dispute surfaced after the hospital board, led by Sitoyo Lopokoiyit, disclosed the names of eight candidates shortlisted from a pool of 49 applicants for the position. Lopokoiyit, representing the board, has scheduled interviews for the eight candidates on March 8th, 2024, igniting a contentious debate.

The shortlisted candidates include Dr. Maurice Nyongesa, Dr. Everlyne Nyamai, Dr. Simon Kibias, Dr. John Cheruiyot Chumba, Titus Tarus, Dr. Thomas Okwaro, Dr. Evans Cheruiyot, and the current acting CEO, Dr. Phillip Kirwa.

However, prominent medical professionals, human rights advocates, and segments of the public have raised concerns about the selection criteria and transparency of the process. Allegations of clandestine dealings, unfair practices, and lobbying for the position have surfaced, raising fears that merit and statutory qualifications might be disregarded.

Dr. Magare Benjamin, a prominent medic and human rights advocate, has written to the board seeking clarity on the allegedly opaque process. He asserts that transparency is mandated by law, and the public has the right to be fully informed about the recruitment process.

The CEO position was advertised on December 12th, 2023, with applications closing on January 16th, 2024. However, there has been limited public disclosure regarding the subsequent stages of the process.

Following the interviews in March, three candidates will be recommended to President William Ruto for his appointment of one as the CEO of MTRH.

MTRH, being the second-largest referral hospital in the country after Kenyatta National Hospital, plays a crucial role in Kenya’s healthcare system.

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