, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 25 – Alex Kazongo has been appointed as the new National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Managing Trustee.
Labour Minister John Munyes said he picked Mr Kazongo after he emerged as the best candidate from a short-list of three applicants.
"The candidates were ranked as follows: Alex Kazongo 68.5 percent, William Kirwa 63.3 percent and Albert Odero 61percent. I have therefore decided to appoint Alex Kazongo because he is the best in the list of three," he said.
The NSSF Board short-listed the candidates mid last week from an original list of eight that was prepared by human resource firm Manpower Services.
“As you know we have had problems appointing and it’s been my advice that this time we follow due process,” Mr Munyes said.
Mr Kazongo, a former Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) financial controller, will now manage the controversial Sh90 billion pension fund.
He replaces Rachael Lumbasyo who was sacked last year over allegations of misappropriating funds.
Mr Kazongo was early last year dismissed by the KPA, but he contested the decision in court and was reinstated before he was appointed to the Kenya Pipeline Company board of directors in March this year.
NSSF has had at least three Managing Trustees axed during Mr Munyes’ tenure at the Labour Ministry, including Fred Rabongo, James Akoya and Albert Odero.