The entire board of the Kenya Power Company, popularly known by its NSE ticker - KPLC - was on Thursday, September 16, summoned by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).
Speaking to Kenyans.co.ke, EACC Spokesperson Yasin Amaro confirmed that all nine board members including Chairperson Vivienne Yeda would be grilled by investigators of the commission today.
Yasin disclosed that the nine board members were summoned in relation to management issues and interference with the company's secretariat.Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) Offices at Integrity Centre in Nairobi. Monday, 18 November 2019.Simon KiraguKenyans.co.ke
Eng Andulrazaq Ali, Caroline Kittony, Njoroge Muhu, Eng Elizabeth Rogo, Kairo Thuo, Sachen Gudka, Eng Isaac Kiva, Humprey Muhu and Yeda will also be questioned on their involvement in the company's tendering process.
“We have asked the board members for all tender documents during their tenure. We are going to analyse them to verify the areas of breach,” he stated.
The nine who were summoned by EACC Chief Executive Officer Twalib Mbarak will be expected to record a statement on the ongoing investigation that led to the exit of former Kenya Power CEO Bernard Ngugi.
Their questioning comes against the backdrop of looming workers strike. On September 15, Kenya Power workers threatened to down their tools unless their board exits.
Through their union, the workers blamed the board for the current crises at the power company.
The Kenya Electrical Trades and Allied Workers' Union (Ketawu) faulted the conduct of the board members, blaming them for near paralysis of operations.
Ketawo also accused the board of overstepping its role and interfering with the company's management.
“The management of KP have been intimidated, all their work is being run by the board. We are wondering how the government got such a board,” Ketawu Secretary General stated.
In July 2021, the workers had taken their employer to court over a plan to lay off 320 employees.
KPLC attempted to make metre readers redundant after penning a deal with the National Youth Service (NYS) where its officers would collect the meter readings.Kenya Power and Lighting Company engineers load a transformer onto a lorry.
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