Infighting at Kenya Pipeline Management

Infighting at Kenya Pipeline Management


Kenya Pipeline Company managing director Macharia Irungu wants to impose his cronies in strategic positions, which are being held in acting capacities. According to an insider, Irungu has on his side the so-called KPC top-notch managers who run daily activities even when the MD was recently hit by Covid-19. Those calling shots are Pius Mwendwa, general manager finance and Peter Mwangi – general manager supply.

Macharia Irungu

Both Mwendwa and Mwangi are said to have replaced then powerful faces who used to cut mega-deals during the tenure of Joe Sang as MD. Sang brought on board Vincent Cheruiyot as general manager supply chain, Okava Derek – manager operations, Paul Njuguna – manager business, Joel Mburu – manager supply and Logistics and Zilper Abong’o – customer relations and marketing to loot KPC. Sources say just like Cheruiyot was Sang blue-eyed boy at KPC, Mwangi and Mwendwa are the people recruited to cut deals for Irungu with the help of outsiders. According to sources, currently, bad blood exists between Irungu and Jonah Aiyabei, director of Naivasha based Morendat Centre. Questions are being asked as to why a number of managers are holding positions in an acting capacity. Fear is, Irungu and his blue-eyed boys want to recruit new faces in strategic positions by not confirming those handling the slots.

Those in acting capacity are Caxton Njuga – manager internal audit, Thomas Ngira – general manager human resource and administration, Joshua Mutea – general manager pipeline operations and maintenance, Distrerius Nyandika – general manager Strategy and Tom Mailu – general manager Kenya Petroleum Refineries Limited. Weekly Citizen has information that Irungu is deeply involved in tender awards including the provision of guarding and security services, which is lucrative. It is said the top management is deeply divided due to Irungu’s style of management of divide and rule preferring to sideline others. For now, the cartel is targeting a multimillion project of installing a leak detection system to be installed on 16-inch Mombasa to Nairobi Pipeline-line I. A one Ms. Rono was haunted out of supplies to be replaced by Mwangi at the instigations of a cartel back at KPC to influence tender awards. Irungu is said to have influenced a case blocking his appointment.