KenGen appoints new chair, three directors in board shake-up


Lawyer Julius Migos Ogamba. PHOTO | COURTESY

Power generator KenGen has announced the appointment of lawyer Julius Migos Ogamba as its new board chairman to replace Samson Mwathethe who has served in the position since November 2020.

Mr Mwathethe, who previously served as Kenya’s Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) between 2015 and 2019, was last month appointed by President William Ruto as the non-executive chairperson of the Kenya Forestry Research Institute.

The KenGen appointment follows a meeting of the board on Tuesday, February 28, 2023.

In a notice published in the local dailies, KenGen said Mr Ogamba will be tasked with leading the board in providing the oversight needed to ensure the electricity producer remains in sustainable business.

“Mr Julius Ogamba is a seasoned, visionary and accomplished advocate with about 30 years of experience in legal practice. He is a driven, detail-oriented senior advocate with a proven track record of leading teams,” said KenGen.

Ogamba holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi, a Diploma in Law from the University of London’s Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and a Post Graduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law.

He is a Commissioner for Oaths, a Notary Public and a member of the Law Society of Kenya.

In the same notice, KenGen also announced the appointment of Ms Josephine Koisaba, Stephen Mutai and William Rahedi as new independent and non-executive directors of the board with effect from February 28.

The appointments follow the exit of four directors in January including Phyllis Wakiaga, Peris Mwangi, Maurice Nduranu and Joseph Sitati.

Of the new appointees, Ms Koisaba is a leadership and management expert holding a Bachelor’s degree in Leadership and Management from St Paul’s University while Mr Mutai is a strategic management practitioner who holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Business Administration from Kolhapur University in India.

Mr Rahedi is a finance consultant holding a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from USIU and a Master in the same discipline from the University of Nairobi.

The board changes at KenGen are representative of continued shakeups within State-controlled and partially State-owned firms, with the changes having gathered steam from the change in administration last year.

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