We have received information that the head of state might execute a dismissal plan that is said to target top KPC officials. All is not well at Kenya Pipeline Company(KPC). Already top managers at KPC want disciplinary action taken against Kisumu pipeline deport manager John Chege.
According to allegations allegedly from the Executive, Chege is accused of refusing to obey orders and undermining Uhuru’s ally principal secretary petroleum Andrew Kamau.
Also under the radar is Hudson Andambi who has been acting MD. Andambi and Chege are accused of refusing to load fuel onto Kenya Railway wagon to have been flagged off to port Bel in Uganda by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Mutea decision to advise Chege not to comply with the order on grounds that the destination and consigned was suspicious has also landed him in hot soup.
This comes at a time when the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has demanded that two senior Kenya Pipeline Company employees personally pay back Sh182 million alleged to have been fraudulently paid for a contract.
In the letters sent to the general manager for Finance Samwel Odoyo, Mikwa Owuor and procurement officer II Fredrick Ogenga, the EACC has demanded that they refund the money, paid by KPC to Aero Dispenser Valves Limited, with interest. The watchdog claims that the money was irregularly paid for procurement and award of Tender No. SU/QT/3264F/14 for hydrant valves. The two letters were received by Odero Osiemo and Company Advocates on December 3, 2019.
In what looks like a scheme silently being executed, Dr Macharia Irungu has taken over the Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) replacing Mr Hudson Andambi, who served as the acting managing director since December 2018 following the arrest and prosecution of the firm’s top brass.
Prior to his appointment in November, Dr Irungu was the managing director at Gulf Africa Petroleum Corporation (Gapco).
He takes the helm after a rough year characterised by leadership upheavals that saw more than 100 middle-level managers forced to take up acting roles following the arrest of senior managers in two waves late 2019 over the loss of public funds totalling more than Sh660 million.