Kenya Power Co. Struggling To Stay Afloat

A report by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) said that the latest development was part of a lifestyle audit targeted at the KPLC board, managers and employees launched late last year following allegations of fraud by some rogue employees at the firm

By The Weekly Vision

Emerging reports to the effect that homes of senior Kenya Power and Lighting Company managers were raided and searched by officers from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), is a clear indicator of just how rotten the institution has become.EACC officers raided the homes of John Kibyegon, Charles Mwaura, Stephen Kinadira, Stephen Nguli, Jane Muigai and John Wachira.  

Mr Kibyegon is in charge of Supply Chain and Logistics, Charles Mwaura is in charge of Network Management, Stephen Kinadira, Acting Finance General Manager, Senior Engineer Stephen Nguli and Supply Chain Managers Jane Muigai and John Wachira.

KPLC is a monolithic power distribution monopoly company that is riddled with numerous cases of entrenched multi-billion shillings corruption scandals that can easily trigger its total collapse

Soon after the raids were finalised, the EACC headquarters issued a press release saying: “Today, EACC accessed and searched residential homes of six KPLC top managers who are under investigation for corruption, ranging from procurement irregularities, insider trading, unexplained wealth and conflict of interest. Critical evidence was confiscated,” read part of the communication from the commission.”

 The report said that the latest development was part of a lifestyle audit of the KPLC board, managers and employees launched late last year at the troubled electricity provider following allegations of fraud by some rogue employees at the firm. The audit was part of the recommendations by a task force appointed by President Kenyatta to look into the woes bedeviling the power utility firm post a net loss of Khs. 2.98 billion in the financial year ended June 2020. KPLC is a monolithic power distribution monopoly company that is riddled with numerous cases of entrenched multi-billion shillings corruption scandals that can easily trigger its total collapse. Investigations established that board members, top managers and even meter readers were all getting richer by the day from illicit operations at the company at the expense of taxpayers. That is because corruption is so deeply entrenched.

The Weekly Vision Investigative team established that corruption at KPLC permeates like cancer through the top managers who are now under the radar of the Ethics-Anti Corruption Commission EACC and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI). The situation at the sole power distributor in the country is so bad to the extent that it has since forced the intervention of President Uhuru Kenyatta himself who has since personally intervened to try and

salvage the situation that is threatening to leave the country in total darkness despite the billions of shillings consumers pump into the company each month.

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