Activists Group Bunge La Mwananchi through its patron Mr. Henry Shitanda is seeking to have the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) Managing Director (MD) as well as the Board Chairman investigated by the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) over alleged abuse of office.The CEO and Chairman are said to be handling and managing the organisation as a private entity contrary to the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Act of 2012.
In a letter dated August 13, 2020 directed to EACC, the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (KEPHIS) MD Mr. Simeon Kibet and the Organisation Chairman Mr. Robin Achoki are accused of misappropriation of resources at the organisation where vehicles registered to the organisation have been used for personal projects. Further, in his letter, the Bunge la Mwananchi Patron claims that the duo diverted responsibilities of KEPHIS staff and authorised irregular payment of allowances to the said staff amounting to Ksh 84,000 weekly to advance their personal businesses.
The Chairman is also accused of forging mileage receipts to aid in fraudulent reimbursements. Shitanda in the letter fronts that what is happening in the parastatal is widely and largely contrary to the mission,vision and core values of the organization and those of the Kenyan Constitution of 2010.
“On or before December 2019,the chairman started his own project of potatoes farming at the Mau Narok in Nakuru County,with the use of Government Motor Vehicle KBR 626U on the expense of the organisation”
The chairman is also accused of diverting the roles of public officers to conduct his personal project using allowances of over 84,000 per per week.
” He has also been using Government Toyota Prado KBW 771V to advance personal interest and not official duties,”
says Shitanda in the letter.
The group says on August 6 to 9,2020,the said motor vehicle was found at Nyamira when it was supposed to be at Nakuru on official duty.
The lobby group has expressed concerns adding that abuse of office is a killer disease in the society especially within government entities and have in the past led to misappropriation of citizen’s taxes and must thus be fought.
Appointed on 15th May 2019, the Chairman Mr. Robin Achoki has over 20 years’ experience in public finance having served in the Ministry of Finance and Planning and the Ministry of Planning and National Development.
The Acting Managing Director Mr. Simeon Kibet joined KEPHIS in October 2000. He has held various senior positions which include; Liaison Officer for Quality Assurance Division, Regional Manager Nakuru and Head Seed Certification & Plant Variety Protection. He has served as the General Manager-Quality Assurance since 2010.
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