NSSF board to decide suspended trustee's fate

Thursday January 21 2016

Suspended National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Managing Trustee Richard Lang’at. The Daily Nation has learnt that the NSSF board is set to meet soon to decide on whether to reverse Mr Langat’s suspension or uphold it.  FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Suspended National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Managing Trustee Richard Lang’at. The Daily Nation has learnt that the NSSF board is set to meet soon to decide on whether to reverse Mr Langat’s suspension or uphold it. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By BRIAN NGUGI
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The fate of suspended National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Managing Trustee Richard Lang’at hangs in the balance as the board prepares to meet and make a final decision on his future at the State-run agency.

The Daily Nation has learnt that the NSSF board is set to meet soon to decide on whether to reverse Mr Langat’s suspension or uphold it.

Mr Lang’at was suspended last year after he was mentioned in a graft report by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) over allegations of abuse of office in the alleged irregular award of a Sh5 billion contract for developing the infrastructure in the Tassia II scheme to China Jiangxi International.

He has since been cleared of any wrong doing by EACC, with the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko recommending further probe of the matter and administrative action against him.

Ahead of the meeting, however, the fund’s new board has adopted a tough anti-corruption stance on persons implicated in graft in a bid to improve its battered image.

Chairperson of the NSSF Board of Trustees Kariithi Murimi confirmed the development, saying the board has written to all senior management and employees, warning against involvement in irregular deals.

“We have declared a no-corruption policy. Everybody has a letter that should you ever be implicated in corruption you go home the same day,” said Mr Murimi in a phone interview.

He said Mr Lang’at’s fate would be decided by the board in its planned meeting.