, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 15 – Industrialisation and Enterprise Development Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohamed has suspended the Kenya Bureau of Standards Managing (KEBS) Director Eva Oduor with immediate effect.
The sudden move was due to what Mohamed termed as “misconduct claims arising from the recently annulled Mombasa Laboratory project.”
Oduor is alleged to have increased the budget for the construction of the laboratory by Sh300,000 and also awarded the tender to the highest bidder among eight applicants.
The Cabinet Secretary has instead appointed Charles Gichahi in an acting capacity; he is currently Director of Standards Development and International Trade at KEBS.
Alongside the management changes, Mohamed further assured that the institution that has been without a substantive chair for the last three months will soon have the position filled in the shortest time possible.
“We have confidence in the ability of the KEBS to serve the country and beyond, and we shall ensure that its strategic plans are geared towards promoting its mandate,” Mohamed said.
The institution that serves East Africa has seen its capacity grow considerably over the years and is reputed to be among the best quality standards centre in Africa.