Court Blocks Appointment Of Joe Sang As Pipeline MD

Former Kenya Pipeline Company MD Joe Sang at the Milimani Courts | PHOTO BY CYRUS KIMANGA/ UZALENDO NEWS

The Employment and Labor Relations Court has temporarily suspended the reappointment of Joe Sang’ as the acting managing director of Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC), following a case filed by Law Society of Kenya.

Mr. Sang’ returned to KPC as interim MD two weeks ago after a Nairobi court exonerated him of corruption accusations related to the Sh1.9 billion Kisumu Oil Jetty project.

While acquitting him and his co-accused, the court stated that the case was one of those unambiguous examples where people did a great job but were maligned.

The nomination occurred shortly after the board rejected to renew Dr Macharia Irungu’s contract, thereby terminating his three-year career at the state business.

“That, pending the hearing of the application inter partes, a conservatory order be and is hereby issued, staying and suspending the appointment of the first interested party, Joe Sang’, as the managing director of the second respondent,” Employment and Labour Relations Court Justice James Rika stated.

However, the judge stated that KPC is free to nominate an acting MD from the present pool of personnel holding substantial managerial positions at KPC.

According to the petition, Mr Sang’ no longer has any role within KPC, having resigned as MD in 2018.

According to the lawyers’ apex association, Mr Sang”s appointment violates the constitution and the established criteria that regulate the recruitment of public employees through fair competition and merit.