Energy Cabinet Secretary Davis Chirchir on Friday revoked the appointment of five board members of the regulator Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA).
In a Gazette Notice, the CS announced that George Mwakule, Moses Murengu Mutuli, Daniel Ndonye, Mercy Muthoni Wambugu and Caroline Gathii would cease to sit on the energy regulator's board effective immediately.
Chirchir has appointed four new members including Anthony Gachau Mbuthia, Diba Daudi, Abraham Kipruto, and Jennipher Nawoi Long’or.
"The five will be members of the Board of Directors of the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority, for a period of three (3) years, with effect from September 8, 2023," read the notice in part.
It was not immediately clear when the CS would appoint the fifth member to fill the remaining vacant slot.
President William Ruto's administration has been making major changes in key parastatals and State agencies since taking office last year, kicking out former President Uhuru Kenyatta's appointees.
Critics have claimed that the current regime is filling State positions with loyalists and political operatives with no experience in running the government.
EPRA is the body mandated to regulate the energy sectors in the country including setting prices of fuel and electricity.
Utility firm Kenya Power has to receive regulatory approvals before revising power prices, while EPRA gives oil marketers monthly fuel prices.
On the other hand, Chirchir also made major changes to the Geothermal Development Company Limited which is mandated to accelerate the development of geothermal resources in the country.
At the institution formed in 2008, Hillary Koech, Nelly Yatich, Kamau Kuria, Mwendia Nyaga and John Gicamu had their appointments revoked.
They were replaced by Boniface Lesyampe, Salome Kabando, Kipkoros Kandie, Stephen Kisaka, and Eustus Mureithi Maina,
The five new board members will serve at the institution for three years.