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Collins Juma confirmed as nuclear board chief executive

Collins Juma has been serving as acting CEO since January last year. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Collins Juma has been serving as acting CEO since January last year. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Collins Juma has been confirmed as chief executive of the Kenya Nuclear Electricity Board (Kneb) after serving in an acting capacity since last year.

The State-owned agency, in charge of shepherding the country down the path of nuclear power, announced Mr Juma’s appointment in a memo dated August 11.

The confirmation underlines Kneb’s intention to proceed with its plan to build Kenya’s first nuclear plant from 2022 in a five-year period at a cost of about Sh500 billion.

“The board of directors is pleased to inform you that Collins Juma has been appointed to the position of chief executive officer of Kneb with effect from August 1, 2017,” the memo says.

Mr Juma, an engineer, has been serving as acting CEO since January last year.

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He replaced Ochillo Ayacko, the first CEO of the board that was established in 2012, after his term expired in December 2015.

The confirmation is the latest at the energy parastatals in recent weeks, after those of National Oil and Kenya Power #ticker:KPLC CEOs.

Prior to his current role, Mr Juma served as director, technical affairs at Kneb. His experience in the energy sector spans over 20 years having worked at Kenya Power and KenGen.

Kenya plans at least four nuclear plants with a total output of 4,000 megawatts (MW), pushing the total cost to Sh2 trillion.

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