On Monday, the board of directors at Kenya Power assured their customers of uninterrupted power supply following the arrests of a number of the power utility’s senior staff.
“The board of directors is aware that senior management staff were summoned by the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) following orders from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. The summons is based on two issues under investigation; supply of transformers and Labour and Transport contracts,” said the chairman, Maalim Mahbub.
In assuring the public, Mahbub said the company has a business continuity strategy in place and that all operations will continue as per usual.
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In the interim, the board appointed Engineer Jared Omondi Otieno as the acting managing director (MD) replacing Ken Tarus. Read more: Kenya: will the electricity tariff review result in low tariffs?
It is reported that about 14 individuals, including the former managing director, Ben Chumo, have denied charges of the irregular acquisition of faulty transformers.
The accused have been charged with conspiracy to defraud the parastatal of over Sh409 million ($4 million).
Furthermore, the accused have denied fraudulently acquiring the amount for the supply of substandard transformers by Muwa Trading Company.
The senior officials have also been accused of aiding fraudulent acquisition of Sh202 million ($2 million) as payment for the supply of the transformers.