Former Kenya Power CEO Ben Chumo arrested.


Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have arrested former Kenya Power CEO Ben Chumo because of  committing an economic crime and abuse of office.

He  retired in January as the Managing Director of Kenya Power after attaining the age of 60.

He is being accused of fraudulent acquisition of public property and aiding the commission of a felony.

Others arrested alongside him by DCI detectives are  Beatrice Meso who is  the General Manager, Corporate Affairs and Company Secretary and the General Manager Regional Co-ordination Peter Mwicigi.

They are to be charged with offences o fraudulent acquisition of public property, aiding commission of a felony, abuse of office, willful failure to comply with the law relating to procurement among other charges.

The DCI noted that Kenya Power is still under active investigations over a number of issues raised by the public recently.

The issues include  irregular award of tenders for supply of transformers and contracts for supply of labour and transport services.

Ben Chumo was appointed in June by President Uhuru Kenyatta as the Chairman of Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC).

He is set to be vetted by the National Assembly committee on Finance and National Planning within 14 days after his nomination according to the SRC Act.

Kenneth Tarus who was the General Manager in charge of finance, was appointed as his successor in an acting capacity but later was confirmed as the company’s CEO.


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