Kenya Power in crisis meeting as Haji purge leaves the firm headless
SEE ALSO :Power users renew Sh10b refund caseThis came even as the embattled managing director Dr Ken Tarus finally surrendered to police yesterday, becoming the 13th person of the more than 40 individuals being sought over a Sh4.5 billion transformers supply scandal. Of the 12 senior Kenya Power managers indicted, only Charles Cheruyoit (General Manager, Internal Audit) and Bernard Ngugi (General Manager, Supply Chain) have been spared. Ngugi’s predecessor, John Ombui, was also arrested. “Whereas it is regrettable, the decision to charge herein will affect most of the Kenya Power top management, this action is however necessary and in public interest in order to combat and deter corrupt activities within the organisation,” the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji, said on Saturday while approving the charges. The directors of Muwa Trading Company Limited that clinched the Sh4.5 billion deal in 2012 who have been indicted are James Njenga Mungai, Grace Wanjira Mungai and John Anthony Mungai. Dr Tarus joined his colleagues, who include his predecessor Ben Chumo, Beatrice Meso (General Manager, Corporate Affairs and Company Secretary) and Peter Mwicigi (General Manager Regional Co-ordination) who are being held at Muthaiga Police Station.
SEE ALSO :Tokens vendor handed contractAlso to be charged is the General Manager (GM), Network Management Benson Muriithi, GM Business Strategy Peter Mungai Kinuthia, GM Commercial Services Joshua Mutua and GM Human Resource and Administration, Abubakar Swaleh. Other executives are ICT boss Samuel Ndirangu, GM Infrastructure Development Stanley Mutwiri, network boss Benson Muriithi and former supply chain boss Ombui. Their lawyers were allowed access to them, but police refused to grant the suspects free bond. According to the DPP, Kenya Power terminated a contract issued to Muwa Trading Company in August 3, 2012 when issues arose over ‘massive failure’ of the transformers and delays in delivery. This prompted Muwa to sue the power company for breach of contract. Investigations revealed that Kenya Power cancelled the contract allegedly on account of poor quality of transformers.
SEE ALSO :Address Moyale power outages, State told“But despite this being the clear position of Kenya Power, the suit filed was compromised as the parties recorded the matter as ‘settled’,” the DPP said.