13 KPLC staff fired for pocketing Sh35 million

Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) has fired 13 staff for issuing Sh35.2 million tokens to unsuspecting customers at a discounted price which later went to their pockets.

This was a directive by the acting Managing Director of KPLC, Jared Othieno, who appeared before the Senate Energy Commission on Wednesday morning.

Mr Othieno added that about 3000 customers admitted to intentionally acquiring discounted tokens from corrupt staff.

“This customer knowingly that he’s supposed to pay for Sh26.2 units went ahead and got this token for Sh1000. None of this amount of money came to KPLC. They went ahead and used Sh3000 worth of tokens in their homes,” the KPLC acting MD told the Senate Energy Committee.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations on June 27, 2019, summoned 200 KPLC customers for ill-acquired postpaid bills. They were ordered to report at the company’s headquarters between July 1 and July 30.

Some of the institutions that were summoned include: the Seventh Day Adventist in South Nyanza, Uchumi Supermarkets in North Rift, Moi University Campus in North Rift, Kenya National Mills in Nairobi and Safaricom Investments Cooperative Society Limited in Nairobi.

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