Millicent Onyonyi, the former Managing Director at BOC Gases, has been appointed to serve for three years in Kenya Pipeline’s Board of Directors, the petroleum distributing firm has announced.
Her appointment was sanctioned by Petroleum Cabinet Secretary John Munyes at a time when Kenya Pipeline is knee deep in graft allegation charges; with many senior management officials being investigated as a result.
Prior to her appointment Ms. Onyonyi served as the MD at BOC for two years after replacing Maria Masika who stepped down from the position in January 2016. Masika had served in the position since September 14, 2010. Ms. Onyoni has also served as the retail coordinator of OiLibya; now Ola Energy.
In 2018, Kenya Pipeline made headlines after dozens of senior officials appeared in court on charges relating to the alleged theft of hundreds of millions of shillings from public assets. Joe Sang, the MD of KPC, was arrested with four other senior officials in connection with the loss of an unspecified amount of money during the construction of an oil jetty in the western city of Kisumu.
According to Reuters, in a statement made at the time of the arrests, the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji said there was “sufficient evidence to support various charges” against six suspects related to the oil jetty project which cost Ksh. 2 billion ($19.55 million). He listed the charges as abuse of office, failure to comply with procedures and executing a project without prior planning.