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Kenya Power appoints Ruto ally Joy Brenda Masinde as new chairperson
19/12/2022 18:35 in Business

Joy Brenda Masinde has been named chairman of Kenya Power, succeeding Vivianne Yeda, who has held the position since July 2020.


The National Treasury made it plain that it would not support Yeda's reelection at the company's annual general meeting on December 16, which precipitated the unexpected reversal.



Her employment at Kenya Power and connections to high-ranking State House officials under the Uhuru administration, according to sources at the power company, made the new administration uneasy.


51.01% of Kenya Power's voting rights are held by Treasury.


Elizabeth Rogo, Abdulrazaq Ali, and Caroline Kittony-Waiyaki, three directors who had been appointed alongside Yeda in May, left under questionable circumstances, leaving the utility short on independent board members.

This occurred the day after Rosemary Oduor, who had been serving in the same role since August 2021, was replaced as acting managing director of the electricity utility company Kenya Power by Geoffrey Waswa Muli.

According to the listed electricity distributor, Oduor is currently on vacation.


In addition to pursuing a Masters of Arts in Leadership at the International Leadership University, Masinde possesses a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Nairobi.


She has 20 years of experience as a High Court of Kenya counsel and is a Kenyan Law Society member (LSK).


She formerly held the position of Council Member for the Nairobi Branch of the LSK. She has served for the past 12 years as the Executive Director of the East Africa Centre for Law and Justice (EACLJ).


Masinde has served the nation as a magistrate and has over 20 years of experience in civic society.


She was chosen to join six other directors on the Kenya Powerboard.


The Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, the Cabinet Secretary for National Treasury, Duncan Ojwang, Albert Mugo, Logan Christi, and Veska Kangogo are among them.

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