Police arrest ex-CEO of Kenya Power company
NAIROBI, July 14 (Reuters) - Kenyan authorities said on
Saturday they had arrested a former chief executive officer of
the state-run distributor Kenya Power on suspicion of
economic crimes and wanted to charge the current chief
Kenya has been hit by a new spate of scandals involving
bogus tenders and suppliers with the alleged theft of hundreds
of millions of shillings by state officials from several
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations said on Twitter
their detectives had arrested Ben Chumo, former Kenya Power
chief executive officer, Beatrice Meso, its general manager for
corporate affairs and company cecretary, and Peter Mwicigi, its
general manager regional co-ordination.
When sought for comment, Chumo asked to be called back
later. Meso and Mwicigi were not immediately available to
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations said two other
Kenya Power managers it was looking for had surrendered into
their custody on Saturday.
The office of the Director of Public Prosecutions said it
planned to charge eight other Kenya Power officials including
Ken Tarus, the present chief executive officer, who at the time
of the alleged offences was the general manager for finance. The
charges relate to economic crime and abuse of office.
Tarus's phone was off and he was not immediately available
Also to be charged are four directors of a private company,
The prosecutor's office said the charges arose from a 2012
contract between Kenya Power and Muwa Trading which led to the
loss of $3.1 million for the supply of transformers, most of
which the prosecutor said were faulty.
The office said other charges arose from the awards of
labour and transport contracts in 2017. It recommended Tarus and
eight other Kenya Power officials and four officials from
another private company, Millers Enterprises, be arraigned in
(Reporting by Humphrey Malalo; Editing by George Obulutsa and
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