New KMC Board awaits Presidential nod

March 18, 2009
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, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 18 – A new Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) Board is to be constituted by end of next week.

Livestock Development Minister Mohammed Kuti said persons to be appointed to the new Board had already been identified.

“I have given three names to the President (who) will pick one of them as chairman,” said the Minister explaining that the new team would be inaugurated thereafter.

Mr Kuti said under the new turnaround plan for the organisation, KMC should be fully operational in the next 12 to 18 months.

“Once the new board is in place I’m charging them to come up with a new CEO on a competitive bidding basis in the next 60 days,” he said 

Mr Kuti dissolved the previous Board a week ago after allegations of gross misconduct and poor management of the facility despite government support.

Among the issues that dogged the company after its revival were accusations that the previous management was hand picked and thus did not rise to the challenge of reviving the facility, a bloated workforce and an uncompetitive business plan.

“It was an almost dead institution which I found, with a lot of funds lost to pilferage and corrupt dealings within the company,” Mr Kuti said, while expressing confidence that the new business turn around plan would be more successful.

“The Sh500 million we have injected in the company will be used to purchase livestock all over the country,” Mr Kuti said.

He added that KMC would be privatised should the turnaround prove successful.

 “I spoke to the Iranian President when he was around on the same, and after the 18 months we will prepare it for sale or a Public Private Partnership arrangement,” he said. 

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