Top officials of the Kenya New Co-operatives Creameries (KCC) will know their fate on whether to step aside over claims of graft and nepotism by may.
Managing Director Nixon Kipkemoi, Chief Manager Human Resource and Administration Magdalene Muthoka and Chief Manager Human Resource and Administration and Chief Manager Finance Samuel Kamindu Ichura are accused of corruption, discrimination and incompetent conduct in their roles at KCC.
In response however, the three managers have asked the court to dismiss the suit on ground that it is premature since investigations are still ongoing.
Judge John Onyiego said he will make his ruling on May 8, 2019
“The Petition is misconceived and premature,” said Waweru Gatonye who was representing New KCC.
According to EACC, the allegation by the petitioner that the graft body has not been acting, is not based on law.
Ombati is seeking to have the three KCC officials declared not fit to hold office due to their corrupt dealings.
Ombati through his lawyer Wilberforce Khalwale claims that while he worked at the state corporation he received numerous complaints of abuse of office, employment malpractice and corrupt practices being perpetrated by Sigey who is the Managing Director.
He claims that the MD was engaged in nepotism that saw him recruit and employ his relatives and close friends and out of 803 employees recruited, 322 came from hid ethnic region.
Ombati claims that Kipkemoi irregularly employed relatives and close friends since he joined the corporation in 2015.
The petitioner also claims that the MD failed to follow internal processes and policies in carrying out employee performance reviews.
He added that the three might interfere with the key witnesses and the evidence documents if they continue to stay in the office.
The petition claims that Kipkemoi and Magdalene irregularly authorized the transfer of Sh475, 150,742.54 being employee’s contribution from Liberty Life Assurance Company Limited to Britam Life without members consent.
Ombati, in his affidavit also claims that Kipkemoi on August 6, 2017, Kipkemoi irregularly hired a chopper for Sh 2.6 million.