Barely a month after Geothermal Development Company (GDC) Managing Director, SilasÂ Simiyu stepped down from his position over corruption allegations, another mega scandal seemsÂ to be brewing in the company.
While acting on President Uhuru Kenyattaâ€™s directive, GDC Board Chairman Faisal AbbasÂ appointed and Mr Godwin Mwawongo in an acting capacity as the Managing Director sinceÂ Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission was already investigating Dr. Silas Simiyu.
TheÂ changes at the Geothermal Development Company has also seen Mr. Garishon Otachi becomeÂ the new Chairman.
However, it appears that Simiyuâ€™s exit from the helm of Geothermal Company might have justÂ opened a gateway for more corrupt deals to flow in and out untamed.
This time, it is alleged thatÂ the cutting-edge scandal has been presided over by the newly appointed Chairman, Mr. GerishonÂ Otachi.
According to a letter in our possession, Mrs. Ruth Wavinya Musembi, GDCâ€™s CorporateÂ Communication and Marketing Manager, tendered her resignation on 16th March 2015 and wasÂ to leave the company on 30th April 2015. Itâ€™s alleged by insiders that Mrs. Wavinya proffered herÂ resignation â€“ hoping that the former MD, Silas Simiyu would entice her back to work withÂ â€˜untold benefitsâ€™.
Against Wavinyaâ€™s expectation, members of the Geothermal Development Company conductedÂ a celebratory event in which her effort to the company was highly appreciated. As it wasÂ supposed to be, Wavinya left GDC on 30th May 2015 â€“ with all her outstanding dues.
Mrs. Ruth Wavinya Musembi had been the head of Communication and Marketing at GDC upÂ until when she resigned, but in between, she allegedly made several desperate attempts to revokeÂ her resignation. This move is reported to have been vehemently opposed by the Company LegalÂ Team, Human Resource Director and the Ag. Managing Director, Mr. Godwin Mwawongo.
â€œThat is an illegality. You cannot resign and then want to return to your employer as you wish.Â GDC is a public institution guided by the laws and has its own policies. We could not allowÂ that,â€ said a top level manager who did not want to be named.
There are reports that Wavinya was quoted saying that she is not going anywhere as long asÂ Faisal, Otachi and the new board members are backing her. She is said to have the sweet flair ofÂ friendship from Paul Gondi, all the way to Mr. Otachi.
True to her assertions, Ruth Wavinya resurfaced on 7th May 2015 at the GDC under mysteriousÂ circumstances.
â€œShe was called by Abbas and introduced to Mr. Otachi. Otachi, in contravention of all know human resource practices, allowed her back toÂ the office,â€ said a source close to the management.
The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and the Parliamentary Committee on PublicÂ Investment have so far been accused of not investigating an alleged multimillion-shilling scandalÂ at the Geothermal Generation Company and the rampant flouts of law like in the case of RuthÂ Wavinya.
Going by constitutional provisions on Kenyaâ€™s Labour policies, Ruth Wavinya is a stranger toÂ GDC since does not even have a letter of recall.Â HR: 0717722859 MD: 0722586011
[Lead image: President Uhuru, the appointing authority].