Leaked Letter Reveals Bid to Send Ezekiel Mutua on Early Retirement

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    KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mutua (right) addresses journalists on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, in Mombasa
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  • A confidential letter addressed to ICT CS Joe Mucheru on Friday, July 23, leaked online, exposing boardroom wrangles at the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB).

    The letter marked as "confidential" seen by Kenyans.co.ke, indicated that any decision made towards the renewal of Kenya Film Classification Board CEO Ezekiel Mutua's contract for a third term, was illegal and void.

    The letter quoted a circular which outlined the policy to guide the reappointment for CEOs of state corporations.

    KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mutua addressing a forum at Kenyatta University in Nairobi on February 22, 2020
    KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mutua addressing a forum at Kenyatta University in Nairobi on February 22, 2020
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    The policy cited that in instances where the Board is not recommending the reappointment of the incumbent CEO (in the event of performance evaluation outcomes, or limitations on term as above), then such CEO should be required to proceed on terminal leave in the last six months of tenure.

    Additionally, the acting CEO would be appointed thereof.

    "Consequently, any decision made relating to renewal of the CEO's contract should not be executed and any such decision and the execution thereof shall have consequences borne by those responsible for the same individually and collectively," reads an excerpt of the letter.

    The sender further stated that the purpose of the letter was to ensure that necessary action was taken against KFCB Board Members found complicit in participating in the irregularities.

    "In particular, any alternate member representing the Principal Secretaries of the National Treasury and ICT who attended and voted in the meeting against Government policy be required to explain their actions as required by circular no. OP / CAB.9 / 1A of 18th October 2019 on Alternate Directors representing Government Agencies," reads the letter in part.

    She advocated that the KFCB boss go on terminal leave pending his retirement on October 25, 2021.

    Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, Mutua declined to comment on the matter saying that the letter was not addressed to him.

    "I really do not have an comment at the moment because I do not have all the facts and the letter is not addressed to me," he stated.

    Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) chief executive officer Ezekiel Mutua (right) addressing a press conference at KFCB offices in April 2016
    Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) chief executive officer Ezekiel Mutua (right) addressing a press conference at KFCB offices in April 2016
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