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New appointment, old corruption


Dr Macharia Irungu former Managing Director at Gulf Africa Petroleum Corporation (Gapco) is set to take over at the Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC).

Petroleum and Mining CS John Munyes appointed Macharia Irungu as Kenya Pipeline Company’s new Managing Director.

He will be officially
resuming duty from next week replacing Mr Hudson Andambi, who served as the
acting managing director since December 2018 following the arrest and
prosecution of the firm’s top leadership.

Irungu will be bringing close to three decades of experience in the sector and
has served as a commissioner of the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority

He takes the helm after
a rough year characterised by leadership upheavals that saw more than 100
middle level managers forced to take up acting roles following the arrest of
senior managers in two waves late 2019 over the loss of public funds totalling
more than Sh660 million

The loss is said to have
happened in the October 2014 procurement of 58 hydrant pit valves to replace
the faulty ones at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

Mr Sang resigned on
December 4 and was arrested a few days later over alleged corruption involving
construction of the Sh1.8 billion Kisumu oil jetty.

“You are all a great team and I will have an opportunity to interact with some of you on January 2, 2020 when I will be handing over the button to the incoming managing director Dr Macharia Irungu, whom I urge you to offer your support fully,” said Mr Andambi in memo addressed to staff.

Mr Andambi would be
returning to the Ministry of Mining and Petroleum, where he is the Senior
Principal Superintending Geologist and Head of Upstream Petroleum Operations in
the Directorate of Petroleum. He also serves as the Deputy to the Secretary,

the time of his appointment as interim boss, he was the alternate director
representing the Ministry at the KPC board.

took over KPC on December 7, the day its former MD Joe Sang was arrested by

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