NAIJROBI– Kenya’s National Assembly has rejected the nomination of Ben Chumo by President Uhuru Kenyatta to serve as chairperson of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission with the lawmakers arguing that Chumo failed to meet the requirements of the Leadership and Integrity Act following his arraignment in court over charges of corruption.
Chumo’s journey to replace Sarah Serem at the Salaries and Remuneration Commission may have hit a dead end. The former chief executive officer of State-owned power utility Kenya Power had been nominated by the president to chair the SRC only for Parliament to reject his nomination owing to graft allegations levelled against him.
Chumo was on Monday vetted by Parliament’s finance committee amidst disquiet that his eventual appointment would negate the war against corruption.
Chumo and other former top executives at Kenya Power are accused of entering into a contract with a private firm for the supply of transformers, which turned out to be faulty. The Parliamentary Finance Committee’s report recommending his rejection has been tabled in Parliament awaiting debate.
In mid-July, the former Kenya Power Company boss was arrested by officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations on suspicion of committing economic crimes during his stint at the company. Chumo was arrested along with the manager for corporate affairs, Beatrice Meso, and Peter Mwicigi, General Manager for Regional Co-ordination.
Chumo and 10 other senior officials facing corruption-related charges were released on bail after three days.
Anti-corruption Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti ordered them to post a 3.0 million Shillings (about 30,000 US dollars) bond or 1.0 million shillings cash bail on condition that they deposit their passports with the court and report to the office of Directorate of Criminal Investigations every two weeks.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK