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Kenya Power defends CEO appointment

14 May 2014, 11:22

Nairobi - Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) has refuted claims by the Consumer Federation of Kenya (COFEK) that the power company’s Chief Executive Officer, Ben Chumo, was unprocedurally hired.

KPLC Chairman, Eliazar Ochola, said the recruitment process was done above-board following formal and transparent procedures in accordance with the employment laws of the country.

Ochola explained that an advertisement for the CEO’s position elicited 57 responses as at closing date of July 31 last year.

Nine, he said, were shortlisted for the interview which he added was carried out with fairness and justice.  According to him, no qualifying person was denied an opportunity for the interview.

“The names of the top three candidates, among them Dr Chumo were subsequently forwarded by the KPLC Board to the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum on 19th September, 2013 for official appointment.
After consideration by the Ministry, Dr Chumo was officially appointed the MD & CEO of KPLC with effect from 7th January, 2014,” read Ochola’s letter to COFEK.

The consumer rights body had questioned the appointment of Chumo.

Ochola however refused to divulge to the identity of the other finalists.

“In so doing, I will be in violation of the fundamental rights and freedoms of those persons as enshrined in Article 24 of the Constitution of Kenya,” he said.

 – CAJ News

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