KenGen begins search for Albert Mugo replacement

The Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has kicked off the search for a new chief executive officer.

The new CEO is expected to take office in August replacing Albert Mugo.

In December Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter gave Mr Mugo a one-year extension after his three-year term came to an end and is set to turn 60 years this year.

This was expected to ensure smooth flow of operations at KenGen as the board carried out a recruitment drive.

In an advertisement in the dailies, the board said the new chief is expected to carry on the campaign of adding power generated from cheap and renewable sources including geothermal and wind, with the firm already in plans to add 720 megawatts to the national grid by 2020.

The project is expected to cost the firm Sh240 billion.

“In order to meet this growth and sustain momentum of the on going transformation plan, the board of KenGen wishes to identify and recruit a top notch managing director and CEO to progress the work of the outgoing incumbent,” reads the advertisement.

Consultancy firm PKF is carrying out the recruitment exercise.

The move to appoint the new CEO by August will cut Mr Mugo’s extension by four months.

The transition process will see the power generator avoid a power vacuum as has been witnessed in most parastatals under the ministry of energy and petroleum.

Kenya Power found itself without a substantive CEO earlier in the year after the exit of Ben Chumo after the court blocked his reappointment on grounds of age.

The Energy Regulatory Commission also found itself in the same boat after the exit of Joseph Ng’ang’a, with Robert Pavel Oimeke taking over in an acting capacity.

Mr Mugo is credited with driving KenGen’s power production.

KenGen currently has an installed capacity of 1,630 megawatts.

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