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Anger as MPs grill KPLC board members over mismanagement

KPLC workers suspend planned strike

The Kenya Power Lighting and Company (KPLC) senior board members appeared before the National Assembly on Thursday but it did not end so well.

They appeared before the National Assembly Energy Committee to answer questions on the new scandal at the power distributor.

Chairman of the Committee David Gikaria was, however, forced to postpone the session since majority of members failed to turn up.

Only three board members, KPLC acting CEO Rosemary Oduor, Chairperson Vivienne Yeda and former CEO Ms Imedla Bosire appeared before the legislatures.

The Committee is demanding a conclusive and up-to-date report with regards to the management of KPLC by the board, where they are on the spot over a high number of meetings and perceived encroachment on the firm’s management.

Gikaria issued the last invitation of the full KPLC board convening, failure to which will attract summoning.

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“I will be doing the last invitation to the Board and every director must be present in person physically and if now failure to that any Board Member who decides not to appear then we will have no option then go to the summon,” said Gikaria.

This comes barely a day after Kenya Power workers threatened to go on strike if four directors did not resign amid an investigation over tendering at the electricity utility.

The workers represented by the Kenya Electrical Trades & Allied Workers’ Union (KETAWU) accused the board of perpetrating procurement irregularities at Kenya Power by pushing for their self-interests.

Nonetheless, Elisha Odhiambo, member of the Committee and Gem area MP claimed that one of the KPLC senior board member in a previous role held raised some questions on conflict of interest.

“….If she is supposed to be giving Kenya Power money and she is in the Board is that not the conflict of interest?” argued Odhiambo.

The occasioned absence of the five KPLC Board members was termed as an orchestrated move to ensure that they sabotage the appearance in the Committee after three directors were present.

Five of the nine board members were appointed in 2020 after the previous directors quit in unexplained circumstances.

The grilling follows the August 5 letter which was written to Oduor, Ms Yeda and copied to the Ministry of Energy officials over the investigations by EACC.

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