KENYA POWER DETERMINED TO CARRY OUT LIFESTYLE AUDIT OF STAFF INSPITE OF A COURT ORDER

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The national utility firm, Kenya Power still intends to carry out a lifestyle audit on its employees despite facing obstacles.

The power firm has said it will appeal a court ruling which barred which it from conducting the lifestyle audit.
Last year, the utility firm instructed all employees to provide personal details to a team set up to undertake the lifestyle audit and flag any unexplained wealth.

The move was however opposed by the Kenya Electrical Trades and Allied Workers’ Union (KETAWU), which moved to court to stop the process.

The workers union termed the process intrusive for asking for details of the employee’s spouses, children, and parents as well as their close business associates. The staff were required to provide the details of their families and close associates, and details of their companies as well as firms run by their next of kin, a list of their assets, including property and cars and six-month bank statements.

The Milimani Commercial Court, in a ruling delivered on February 28 suspended exercise. It is this ruling that the union has given notice that it intends to appeal.

Kenya Power has been hit by corruption allegations, which saw its Board and entire top management team sent packing. The vetting is part of recommendations of the Presidential Taskforce on Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), which was formed to look into modalities of how the country can reduce the cost of power.

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