Kenya Power appeals court order banning lifestyle audit staff

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Kenya Power appeals court order banning lifestyle audit staff


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Summary

  • The utility company, through Mr Oscar Eredi, a state solicitor in the attorney general’s office, said it disagreed with the High Court’s findings issued last month. last.
  • Kenya Power last November asked all employees to provide personal information to a team formed to undertake an audit of their lifestyles and report any curious or unexplained wealth.

Kenya Power #ticker: KPLC will appeal a court ruling that barred it from conducting a lifestyle audit of company employees.

The utility company, through Mr Oscar Eredi, a state solicitor in the attorney general’s office, said it disagreed with the High Court’s findings issued last month. last.

Kenya Power last November asked all employees to provide personal information to a team formed to undertake an audit of their lifestyles and report any curious or unexplained wealth.

The Kenya Electrical Trades and Allied Workers’ Union (Ketawu) approached the court to stop the process, noting that the process was intrusive in asking for details of their spouses, children and parents as well as close associates.

Milimani Commercial Court Judge Maureen Onyango in a February 28 ruling suspended the exercise.

“Take note that the respondent here dissatisfied with the judgment of the Honorable Lady Justice Maurine Onyango delivered on February 28, 2022 in Nairobi intends to appeal to the Court of Appeal against the said judgment,” Mr. Eredi said in a notice of appeal on Wednesday.

The court noted that the company did not consult with employees before arriving at the verification process. He further said that the process would violate the rights of third parties who were not required to give consent to Kenya Power staff to make the statement.

“A permanent injunction is issued against the Respondent (Kenya Power) not to carry out the scheduled verification of persons who are members of the Claimant (Ketawu),” the decision reads in part.

In addition to details of their families and close associates, employees were asked to submit details of their businesses as well as businesses run by their closest relatives, a list of their assets including property and cars and semi-annual bank statements.

The verification process followed the recommendations of the Presidential Task Force on Power Purchase Agreements (PPA).

The task force was formed last March to examine how the country can reduce the cost of electricity. Auditing employees was part of the team’s recommendations.

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