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CS Peter Munya on the spot for failing to recruit a new CEO for state dairy processor

According to impeccable sources, the CEO of the state owned dairy processor New Kenya Cooperative Creameries (KCC)  is in office illegally following the expiry of his second three year term at the end of 2020 and CS Munya together with the Board of Directors have been accused of abdicating their responsibility by failing to start the process of recruitment and appointing a new CEO.

Nixon Kipkemoi Sigey who is known to be a close ally to Deputy President William Ruto, was first appointed to office without competitive advertising by the then Industrialisation cabinet secretary Adan Mohamed. Sigey was unilaterally appointed CEO of the strategic state institution for a three year term which commenced in January 2015.

While Sigey was still under investigation by Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission for abuse of office and a raft of multibillion corruption cases, government handed him another unilateral second term renewal for a further period of three years from 2018.

That term ended in December 2020 and Sigey’s impunity continues at New KCC with dairy industry players now questioning government sincerity in reforming the milk sector.

According to public service regulations, he New KCC Board together with CS Munya are under obligation of the law to have commenced the process of identifying Sigey’s possible successors six months before expiry of his term.

Sources told this writer that the process for recruiting and appointing a new CEO had yet to start even as Sigey continues to illegally occupy office and execute irregular tenderingworth billions of shillings.

CS Mohammed was originally accused of abdicating its responsibility and behaving like a Tanga Tanga puppet by appointing Sigey without subjecting him to a “fair, open, competitive, merit-based process that is open to public participation.”

New KCC senior management who spoke to this writer on condition of anonymity faulted the board of directors and the CS Munya for the continued retention of Sigei the public service, contrary to government policy to send exiting CEOs on six months terminal leave pending their departure from the public service.

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    Written by The Kenyan Report

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