The directors of Kenya Pipeline Company on Monday replaced Flora Okoth as acting MD with the Finance and Strategy GM Joe Sang.
Flora has been acting MD since July 2015 after the suspension of Charles Tonui who was charged with irregularly awarding a Sh29 million contract for the installation of auto transformers.
Flora is reported to have been pushed out following the delayed handling of a massive Makueni oil spill that had gone undiscovered for months. A pipeline ruptured, spilling oil into the Thange River, a key water source for residents of Thange village.
A source familiar with the ongoings hinted that the oil spill was just one of the reasons BUT the real issues behind Flora’s exit may include the following:
1. KPC is exposed to litigation of billions due to her negligence, as company secretary she is the legal chief and had she performed her role well by giving the board and management good advise could have mitigated the risks.
2. Malpractices in the legal department, during her tenure as company secretary she allegedly procured legal services un-procedurally.
3.Flora is also accused by her colleagues of manipulating her way up the ranks, no formal performance evaluation was ever done by her supervisors/managers for promotion. This is not her problem but she is a beneficiary of past incompetent management. Kenya Pipeline being a multi-billion company needs to put in place strong internal controls in order to offer superior services and compete globally.
4.Flora is alleged to have orchestrated ‘court case fixing’ that led to loss of almost all court battles. During her teanure as company secretary the company lost almost all court cases- well, that is not just fate BUT incompetence.
5.Flora is also alleged to have been doing business with the company – obvious case of conflict of interest and insider trading using a proxy called Willikista.
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