NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 11- The New Kenya Cooperative Creameries (KCC) board has re-advertised the post of managing director, a year after the position fell vacant following the sacking of Francis Mwangi under controversial circumstances.
This is the second time that the parastatal is looking for a new manager to head the food processing and beverage company after a similar attempt in February last year failed.
Sources however say the position has remained vacant because Cooperatives Minister Joseph Nyagah has failed to pick the MD from a list of three candidates given to him by the board in April last year.
In a paid up advertisement, the board said the new chief executive will be responsible for steering the company to greater heights in both the operations and sale of its products both locally and internationally.
“The right candidate for this position must have the ability to think strategically and design long term plans in addition to being a visionary leader,” the firm in a paid-up advertisement.
Qualified Kenyans have until January 31 to send in their applications although no mention was made about when the recruitment process will commence.
In the meantime, Milcah Mugo continues to be the Managing Director in an acting capacity.
There are fears that the lack of an MD coupled with last month’s expiry of Matu Wamae’s contract as Chairman might create a leadership vacuum that might affect the performance of new KCC which has in past been lauded as a success story.
The privatisation of New KCC, where the government wants to return the running of company back to the farmers might also be affected.
Critics are reading political interference in the recruitment process as was the case with the firing of Mr Mwangi in December 2009 despite the fact that he instituted major reforms during his tenure.
The restructuring helped improve the firm’s profitability track record from Sh300million in 2006/2007 financial year to the current Sh500million.