Axe falls on Kenya Power procurement team

Kenya Power has suspended 59 senior staff in its supply chain division to pave way for a forensic audit into their dealings and the company’s procurement systems.

The division led by supply chain and logistics manager John Ng’eno has been temporarily shown the door days after being placed at the centre of reforms targeted to rid the company of sleaze.

In a statement, Kenya Power said suspension of the team is the start of reforms recommended by a Presidential taskforce to streamline its operations and lower the cost of electricity.

“The goal of the forensic audit, which will be done on the procurement systems, stock and staff, is to enhance the robustness of the company’s supply chain processes so as to anchor them on the principles of value for money, professionalism and accountability,” the company said.

The company announced that a team has been picked to temporarily take charge of the division’s operations as the audit is conducted.

“Among the recommendations that were made by the Taskforce was a review of Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) in order to lower the cost of purchasing power from Independent Power Producers (IPPs) with the aim of securing the sector’s sustainability,” Kenya Power said.

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