Kenya Power Managing Director and CEO Ken Tarus has been arrested as investigations into alleged theft of millions of taxpayers money at the public utility firm gathers momentum.
Tarus was arrested when he took himself to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) headquarters in Nairobi on the evening of Sunday, July 15, to respond to the damning graft allegations.
Correspondent confirmed the CEO was taken to Muthaiga Police Station where he was held before interrogations could commence.
“Ken Tarus, Managing Director and C.E.O Kenya Power and Lighting Company surrendered himself this evening (on Sunday) at the DCI Kenya Headquarters and is currently being held at Muthaiga Police Station,” the DCI tweeted.
Tarus was among the top Kenya Power managers being investigated for alleged economic crimes that include conspiracy to steal from taxpayers.
His arrest and that of several other bosses from the power company as well as former CEO Ben Chumo, was ordered by the Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji.
XAlready in police custody are Chumo, Kenya Power Regional Coordination Manager Peter Mwicigi and Corporate Affairs and Company Secretary Beatrice Meso who are facing charges ranging from flouting of procurement laws to blatant abuse of office.
“I have received two files from DCI touching on the tenders of supply of transformers and contracts for supply of labour and transport services. Upon review, it has emerged KPLC management was in cahoots with private individuals and companies engaging in criminal activities,” Haji noted in a statement seen by Correspondent on July 14.
— DCI KENYA (@DCI_Kenya) July 15, 2018
— Apollo Mboya, HSC (@MboyaApollo) July 15, 2018