Suspended National Oil MD Sumayya Hassan reinstated, Ruto says

Tuesday February 23 2016

National Oil Corporation of Kenya managing director Sumayya Hassan-Athmani at a past news conference in Nairobi. She has been sent on compulsory leave to pave the way for investigations into affairs of the State-owned oil marketer. Her predicament is the result of unending intrigues in the parastatal sector by self-absorbed ethnic elites. PHOTO | PHOEBE OKALL |

National Oil Corporation of Kenya Managing Director Sumayya Hassan-Athmani at a past news conference in Nairobi. PHOTO | PHOEBE OKALL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By DANIEL TSUMA NYASSY
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Suspended National Oil Corporation of Kenya Managing Director Sumayya Hassan-Athman has been reinstated.

Deputy President William Ruto said in Malindi that Ms Hassan had returned to her job pending an audit of the corporation.

The corporation's board is still conducting the audit, which is expected to decide her fate at the parastatal.

The deputy president made the announcement on Monday evening at a meeting with the Muslim community from Malindi constituency at the Red Cross Social Hall.

Mr Ruto is in the constituency to drum up support for Jubilee Alliance Party candidate Phillip Charo.

He has been meeting various groups and addressing a series of public rallies since his arrival on Monday afternoon to seek votes for Mr Charo.

He on Tuesday met church leaders at the same venue and later members of the pastoral communities at the Sea View Resort in Malindi town.

Ms Hassan's suspension has been an issue in the campaigns for the seat, with the Opposition depicting it as a demonstration that "the government has no regard" for Malindi people.