Kenya Power employees attending to a faulty transformer in a city estate. Photo/PD
NAIROBI Kenya, Nov 21 – Employees and their spouses at Kenya Power have been ordered to present their official financial and asset records to the Human Resources Department, signalling the beginning of a lifestyle audit amidst fraud allegations.
In a memo to Kenya Power staff, Human Resources and Administration General Manager Cecilia Kalungu-Uvyu, instructed workers to present certified copies of their financial records including bank account and mobile money statements for the last six months by Monday next week.
Kalungu-Uvyu said movable and immovable assets, companies owned or co-owned as well as shares held in various companies should also be declared complete with details of the returns filed with the Kenya Revenue Authority for the last three years.
“You are notified to provide information on club membership, social media accounts or handles and list liabilities including loans, mortgages, chattels, guarantees, school fees, and school accounts, cumulative insurance policies and holidays,”Kalungu-Uvyu said.
The lifestyle audit was recommended by a task force appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta following a net loss of Sh 2.98 billion, the firm posted in 2020.
The task force recommended that all Kenya Power employees be vetted afresh for integrity, suitability, and qualification for the jobs they hold. The task force, which was chaired by Industrial and Commercial Development Corporation (ICDC) boss John Ngumi, has also recommended an overhaul of Kenya Power’s procurement department and a forensic audit of its procurement systems and stocks to help deal with cartels that have over the years profiteered through fraudulent dealings with rogue employees.
Kenya Power early this month suspended 59 members of its procurement team to pave the way for a forensic audit amid tender fights at the company that saw its top executive Bernard Ngugi resign in August.
The state run facility has however gone back to profitability posting Sh1.49 billion net profit in the first half of 2021 backed by electricity demand and reduced costs.