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Wednesday, 04 Jan 2017 16:53 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
To many Kenyans, the newly appointed chief executive officer at the state utility firm Kenya Power, Kenneth Tarus, will be just one more beneficiary of the entrenched ethnicity in the Jubilee government. Mr Tarus, who is to hold the position in acting capacity as a substantive replacement is sought, takes over from a fellow tribesman, Ben Chumo, who was forced forced out of office by a civil society suit against his reappointment.
But nothing could be further from the truth. The new kid on the block is a suitably qualified finance professional who even before his current appointment was among a close-knit team of Kenya Power managers who were the primary mover of the company's management under Mr Chumo. An experienced accountant and finance manager, he has held the post of General Manager for Finance at the company since 2014.
Mr Tarus holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and Master of Business Administration from the University of Nairobi and is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya with long standing. Before joining Kenya Power, he had worked at the Rural Electrification Authority as Chief Manager, Finance, for two years from 2012 to 2014.
Earlier, he was a deputy vice chancellor for Finance, Planning and Administration at KCA University between 2008 and 2010, after immediately serving as head of Finance, IT and Administration at Bank of Africa. He is also pursuing a PhD in Finance from the Case Western Reserve University in the U.S.
A council member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya who spoke to the Kenya Free Press told us that Mr Tarus is recognized in the profession for his diligence in work and high ethics. The Institute runs the KCA University where Mr Tarus served as a deputy vice chancellor.