CEO of parastatal that pays technician 96K loses job after 200K fraud claims.

A quick look at the mysalary website which collates demographics and salaries of various parastatals will show that at the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority, (EPRA), personnel who work as Electrical and Instrument Technician, Records Management Clerk and Senior Surveillance Officer all get a salary of about 100, 000, yet just this week the CEO of EPRA handed in his resignation following a scandal which implicated him in an alleged bribe soliciting incident of 200,000.

Mr. Pavel Oimeke, the immediate former Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (Epra) director-general resigned in a statement on Tuesday, where he submitted his resignation to the Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter on February 16.

The statement said in part,

“I Pavel Robert Oimeke, EBS would like to announce my resignation from the position of director-general at the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority,”

His return to the office after arrest in December led to a split in the board which tapped one of its members, Daniel Kiptoo, to replace him in an acting capacity.
Mr Oimeke was accused of demanding Sh200,000 to approve the reopening of a petrol station in Oyugis that had been shut down over tax violations, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) had said.

Mr. Oimeke had been reinstated in October after a two-month court battle following a petition that had been filed to oppose his reappointment for a second term in office.

The petitioner, Emmanuel Wanjala, alleged that Epra had witnessed massive losses due to spillages, installation of faulty meters, increased court cases by former employees who were dismissed for pointing out wrongdoings or mismanagement of resources and abuse of office.

Mr Wanjala accused Mr Oimeke of abuse of office, mismanagement of a public institution and public resources, corruption, tribalism and favouritism.
He was cleared by the High Court which found no merits in the allegations raised by Mr Wanjala.

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