Kenneth Marende kicked out of Kenya Power board in poll

Thursday December 14 2017

Kenneth Marende.

Kenya Power board chairman Kenneth Marende speaks during the Kenya Power Annual General Meeting at Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi on December 1, 2017. He lost his position at the board after losing elections on December 1. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By NATION REPORTER
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Former National Assembly Speaker Kenneth Marende has been kicked out of the board of directors of electricity company, Kenya Power.

Mr Marende, the immediate former KP board chairman, finished a distant fourth during elections to fill three vacancies on the company’s board of directors conducted on December 1 at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi.

ELECTION

During the elections conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mr Marende polled a paltry 2,323,366 votes, behind Mrs Zipporah Jesang Kering finished third with 978,692,508.

The top two candidates were Mr Mahboub Maalim Mohamed who garnered 979,253,302 votes to finish top ahead of Mr Adil Khawaja who garnered 978,978,742 votes.

A statement from the Kenya Power company secretary Beatrice Meso said Mr Mohamed, Mr Khawaja and Mrs Kering will take up the three vacant positions on the board.

Mr Mohamed is the Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad).

Also in the race was Mr Mwangi Kabacho who finished last after garnering a paltry 1,004,852 votes.

EDGED OUT

The results mark a new low for the once respected National Assembly speaker after he lost the post to current speaker Justin Muturi at the start of the 11th Parliament.

The once staunch ally of National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga has lately been leaning towards the Jubilee administration and was among a host of leaders drawn from the Luhya community who trooped to State House, Nairobi, after the Supreme Court nullified the August 8 presidential election to declare their support for President Kenyatta’s re-election.

Ahead of the August 8 election, Mr Marende, known for his Solomonic wisdom during his time as speaker of the 10th Parliament, had been proposed for the Nairobi senatorial seat by Mr Odinga’s party, the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), but this never came to materialise.

Instead, the party settled for lawyer Edwin Sifuna, who lost to current Senator Johnson Sakaja.