It’s no doubt that Nairobi Hospital, the most sought for hospital in the region, is now a shadow of its former glory.
The sacking of its latest CEO Dr Allan Pamba on Friday this week, after 6 months in probation is a clear indication that the hospital directors are the cause of the problems witnessed at the Nairobi hospital.
A letter from the hospital’s board chairman, Dr Irungu Ndirangu, said Dr Pamba was still on probation and that he failed to craft a performance enhancement plan hence his sacking.
“Please note that the letter dated September 10, extending your probation period to December 12 gave you up to September 30 to acknowledge and execute the Performance Improvement Plan,” read part of Dr Irungu’s letter to Dr Pamba.
The letter continues, “Unfortunately, you responded on September 2 and requested that the board of directors review your performance in line with the board charter, contrary to your letter of appointment, which clearly states that the chairman of the board will review your performance.”
It further states, “Your failure to execute the Performance Enhancement Plan and the probation extension letter implied your lack of interest to continue working for The Nairobi Hospital”.
“You will be required to hand over all the hospital’s properties in your custody and clear with the human resources department as per set clearance procedures. Your last day of working will be October 3,” it concludes.
Before Dr Allan was appointed the CEO on a probation capacity for six months starting March 4 this year, there was Gordon Oundo whose entry in December 14, 2014 was characterised by drama. Dr Oundo once locked himself in his office while a lawyer waited outside to deliver a suspension letter. He was later sent on a 90-day leave, culminating to his sacking in April 2019.
After Odundo came Dr Christopher Abeid, who held the position in acting capacity until Dr Pamba took over in March.
The hospital directors, who are mostly Kikuyus led by board chairman, Dr Irungu Ndirangu, are keen on ruining the CVs of young Luo doctors that they are employing to bring the hospital’s past glory back. They simply use and dump them.
Take for instance, Dr Allan Pamba whose future has been ruined by the egocentric and destroyer of careers Maj (Rtd) Dr Irungu, who want to micromanage the hospital as his personal entity. The youthful CEO was poached from a leading Global Health company where he was the vice president for pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline based in London, United Kingdom.
So why was Dr Pamba fired?
Insiders claim that the ambitious CEO Dr Allan Pamba was fired because of the fight over lucrative multi-billion tenders and the recent construction of Covid-19 centre.
It is further said that Dr Pamba’s troubles started when he axed the allegedly corrupt son of John Simba, former MD National Bank during Moi era and linked to Nairobi hospital from the facility’s Finance Director’s post.
In a flawed tender to erect a multi-billion COVID-19 centre that has now divided the board, Chair Dr Irungu Ndirangu rewarded the tender to Quest Construction ltd- a firm associated with his brother.
Trouble erupted when Dr Ndiragu’s fronted Quest Construction ltd, which was tabbed against the wishes of the board that had favoured a Chinese firm, failed to pay contractors.
Another name featuring in contract deals is that of a board member Chris Bichage. Chris is a former Nyaribari Chache MP. Bichage, a Kisii like Simba-whose son was fired by the now axed CEO- was using the finance office for personal gains.
According to insiders there is more than meet the eye in those beautiful structures of Nairobi hospital, it’s rotten to the core, something Dr Pamba confirmed in his latest interview with a local media.
“As they say, it gets lonely at the top. I have felt it. I have had my moments of fear even though I never show it. It is normal. The question is what you do with that fear…you know, when you’re outside Nairobi Hospital, you think it is amazing. The buildings look good… and the truth is it is amazing but no one ever tells you the depth of issues that an institution is grappling with.” he was quoted saying.
Most employees will tell you that within the short period he served at the helm of the Nairobi Hospital, Dr Pamba effected a number of progressive changes.
Pamba is now part of the negative statistics of the hospital which is characterised by mass sackings, suspensions, petitions and all.