NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 3 – The Employment and Labour Relations Court has suspended the appointment of Joe Sang as Kenya Pipeline Corporation (KPC) acting MD, barely a fortnight after taking over the position.
Instead, the Court directed KPC to replace Sang with an employee holding a substantive position in the company.
“THAT pending hearing of the Application inter partes, a conservatory order be and is hereby issued, staying and suspending the appointment of the 1st Interested Party, Joe Sang, as the Managing Director of the 2nd Respondent,’ the Court said in a statement.
“THAT pending hearing and determination of the Application inter partes, the 1st Respondent is at liberty to appoint an acting Managing Director from amongst the current pool of Employees holding substantive management positions with the 2nd Respondent.”
Only last month, Attorney General Justin Muturi okayed the appointment of Joe Sang as the Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) managing director (MD).
The AG said that there is no law that bars appointment of acting MD from outside KPC.
Early this week, the KPC Board appointed Sang as the new MD after he was cleared of corruption allegations the previous month.
Sang took over from Samson Macharia Irungu whose term ended this month.
KPC Board failed to renew Irungu’s contract after he exhausted his three-year term.
In a letter, the Board said that Irungu’s contract was terminated after he showed no interest in the post.
However, Irungu challenged his ouster at the Employment and Labour Court.