Mumias Sugar CEO sent on compulsory leave

Mumias Sugar Company Board Chairman Kennedy Ngumbau Mulwa (right) and company Managing Director Nashon Aseka(left) during 45th Annual General Meeting at Booker Academy . (BENJAMIN SAKWA)
MUMIAS, KENYA: The Mumias Sugar Company has sent packing its Chief Executive Officer Patrick Chebosi, about seven months since he was appointed to head the cash-strapped miller.

Isaac Sheunda, a former chief security officer at the firm replaces him in acting capacity.

Chebosi was sent on a compulsory leave under unclear circumstances. He took over from Nashon Aseka in June 2018 after the latter was suspended by the firm's board of directors.

Aseka was edged out for allegedly entering some doubtful transactions without following due process and requisite approvals.

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He (Aseka) had succeeded Errol Johnson who fled the country citing threats on his life around June 2017.

Chebos served in the position of agriculture manager at the firm and left to head Kwale sugar industries before landing the plum job.

Prior to his appointment, the new CEO has been serving as the chairman of the Sukari Sacco. The board also appointed Dalmas Wala as Risk Management officer in acting capacity.

The company's board chairman Dr Kennedy Ngumbau confirmed the appointments saying they were aimed at improving service delivery at the miller. Dr Ngumbau announced that there shall be a complete overhaul in the management structure of Mumias Sugar so that they can be able to revive the company back to its crushing capacity.

“We want to streamline operations at the company making changes in key departments where there is a serious mess following the audit we carried out recently. Our focus in the next six months is to make the company profitable by increasing its efficiency,’ said Dr Ngumbau.

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He added: “It will no longer be business as usual where the company is crushing cane and farmers are not being paid for the cane delivered and a few individuals pocket the money meant to ensure the company is revived fully.”

Mr Sheunda, the new acting MD reiterated that he will work closely with the board of management to ensure the financially crippled miller is back to its knees.

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