Power agency starts hunt for chief executive

The Rural Electrification Authority (REA) board chairman Simon Gicharu. FILE PHOTO | NMG
The Rural Electrification Authority (REA) board chairman Simon Gicharu. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The Rural Electrification Authority (REA) has begun the hunt for a new CEO months after embattled chief executive Ng’ang’a Munyu quit the agency on attaining the retirement age of 60.

The State agency Tuesday in a notice said it is looking for another occupant of the corner office, who must have at least 15 years relevant experience of which five must be in a senior management position preferably in international trade.

“Reporting to the board of directors, the chief executive officer will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the authority and the implementation of the authority’s decisions in a results-oriented and timely manner to achieve the authority’s goals, objectives and agreed performance targets,” said the agency in a notice posted on dailies.

Mr Munyu had been at REA’s corner office since July 2013. He was pushed out after attaining the retirement age despite his employment contract of three years being valid until next May.

He was among five senior managers suspended in March as an audit into how billions of shillings were spent in a primary schools electrification programme was ordered.

Mr Munyu has since been appointed Tharaka- Nithi county government economic adviser. The REA’s mandate is to accelerate rural electrification projects across Kenya.

Board chairman Simon Gicharu said in February the agency plans to spend Sh208 billion over a five-year period in partnership with stakeholders to increase commercial and domestic connections across the country.

Mr Gicharu said then REA’s key focus would be to improve electricity supply and promote the use of renewable energy.

“Renewable energy is our utmost priority since Kenya has ample sunlight that can generate enough power to power homes and industries,” he said then.

REA, which is developing East Africa’s largest solar power plant in northern Kenya, signed a power purchase agreement with Kenya Power #ticker:KPLC to sell electricity from the Sh13.7 billion solar plant at Sh12 ($0.12) per kilowatt hour (kWh) — about Sh8 cheaper than diesel-generated power.