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Kenya Power audit links 350 irregularly contracted firms to 18 employees

Kenya Power Managing Director Ken Tarus says 350 out of 500 contracted companies did not meet the criteria set by the company.

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 28 – Kenya Power has identified 350 companies that were irregularly prequalified to provide regular maintenance service as sub-contractors.

In an audit report ordered by Kenya Power Managing Director Ken Tarus, 350 out 500 contractors were found not to have met the set criteria, leading to the dismissal of 18 Kenya Power staff.

The audit report recommended the investigation of 19 Kenya Power employees that were suspected to have shortlisted companies registered by relatives and associates, but one was found not be culpable.

Tarus, however, says no money was lost in the process.

“It was an investigation on the tender process that involved the recruitment of our L&T (Labour and Transport) contractors, not on money lost,” said Tarus.

Some of the contractors who had been locked out of the pre-qualification, and who thought they met the criteria, complained following the completion of the pre-qualification process, prompting Tarus to order the audit.

The company has in the meantime announced that its top management will be subjected to renewable contracts subject to performance every three months.

Kenya Power Board Chairman, Amb. Mahboub Maalim, has said the company has reorganized its structure creating five directorates in line with recent policy developments within the sector and other regulatory changes.

The heads of the five directorates – Energy Supply Management, Commercial, Operations, Corporate Services and Finance – will report directly to the Managing Director and CEO.

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