DCI Summons Ex-KPC MD Charles Tanui

  • Former Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) Managing Director Charles Tanui has been summoned by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) for interrogation on how the current Company Secretary Gloria Khafafa was hired as a legal officer without the necessary papers.

    The DCI is reportedly set to question Tanui on why he stopped a disciplinary process and possible prosecution against Khafafa.

    Serving KPC employees who have also been summoned include Felicity Biriri, a board member, Henry Lenairoshi of the HR department, the general manager Human Resources and the general manager Finance.

    Khafafa is said to have lied when applying for the KPC job that she holds a CPS(K) qualification and was awaiting issuance of a certificate having worked for six years.

    Among the requirements for interested applicants was a minimum of eight years experience.

    [caption caption="KPC Company Secretary Gloria Khafafa (R) with KPC MD Joe Sang at a recent press briefing"][/caption]

    After she was hired as the Senior Legal Officer, questions on her qualifications were raised with Tanui as evidenced by a March 12, 2014 memo signed by a Rose Ng’inja of HR. 

    The memo sought Tanui's approval “to initiate comprehensive investigation and subsequent disciplinary action.”

    A background check by the HR department conclusively established, from KASNEB and the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries, that Khafafa did not hold the qualifications as claimed.

    A July 2014 disciplinary committee meeting where Khafafa had been summoned over the matter aborted after being “cancelled on the MD’s advice.” 

    Khafafa was later promoted to the position of Chief Legal Officer “until she passes her CPS (K) examinations.”

    [caption caption="Former KPC MD Charles Tanui"][/caption]