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KPLC board members face summoning over Mismanagement

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KPLC board members fail to appear for Interrogation

KPLC board members fail to appear for Interrogation

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The Kenya Power and Lighting (KPLC) board members face summoning should they fail to honor the last invitation to appear before the National Assembly Energy Committee over the new mismanagement scandal at the power distributor.

The Committee,  chaired by Nakuru Town East MP David Gikaria,  is demanding a conclusive and up-to-date report over the management of KPLC by the Board and a high number of meetings.

As well as perceived encroachment on the firm’s management.

The warning comes after the majority of the board members failed to appear before the legislators on Thursday leading to the postponement of the meeting.

Only three senior board members appeared before the committee.

The members included  KPLC acting CEO Rosemary Oduor Chairperson Vivienne Yeda, and former CEO Ms. Imedla Bosire.

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

Every director must be present in person physically. If any Board Member decides not to appear we will have no option then go to the summon.

warned Gikaria.

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

The stalemate

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

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

Additionally, Gem area Member of Parliament Elisha Odhiambo, claimed that one of the KPLC senior board members in a previous role 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.

Furthermore, 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.