Kenya power managers sent on compulsory leave to pave way for forensic audit

Saturday, December 4th, 2021 19:40 | By
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Five senior Kenya power managers have been sent on a 60 days compulsory leave to pave way for a forensic audit and the review of the supply chain function.

The firm’s Acting Chief Executive Officer Rosemary Oduor made the announcement as she named their replacements, who will now serve in an acting capacity pending approval by the board.

Those sent on leave include Aggrey Machasio who is the General Manager, Infrastructure Development and will be replaced by Kennedy Owino.

Peter Njenga the Regional Coordination Manager has been replaced by Geoffrey Muli and Charles Mwaura who is the Network Management Manager replaced by Raphael Ndolo.

Others are Robert Mugo Manager ICT who has been replaced by Titus Kitavi while Imelda Bore, the General Manager Legal Services and Regulatory Affairs and Company Secretary has been replaced by Jude Ochieng, Ariel Mutegi was named Nairobi regional manager.

This is not the first time the state run utility firm has sent a number of its staff on compulsory leave, in November, the power utility firm suspended 59 members of its procurement team following allegations of malpractices.

Energy Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma had earlier directed Kenya Power to repair 10,000 faulty transformers in Nairobi’s Roysambu area.

Juma who was speaking during a tour of the Roysambu area in Nairobi county said it was unacceptable for Kenya Power to have the more than 10,000 transformers that are not repaired.

"Visited four Kenya power installations at the Roysambu depot, where malfunctioned transformers are collected. More than 10,000 of them! Simply NOT acceptable," Juma said.

The Energy CS stated that she will be receiving a plan for the repair by Monday from the concerned Kenya power team.

Kenya power has in recent days been undergoing major reforms after a taskforce was formed by President Uhuru Kenyatta in March.

The president recommended a review of power purchasing agreements with the view of addressing the high cost of electricity in the country.

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