Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) is no stranger to corruption, and in any state agency, Kengen has perfected the art of hiding it from the public.
However, cases of bending the rule of law are rife in the state parastatal.
Senior management, apart from practising nepotism, they are embroiled in awarding of contracts to their cronies.
Procurement rules are thrown out of the window when it comes to Kengen.
A recent floated tender number KGN-HYD (TANA) – 01- 2018 which sought bidders for various Civil and Mechanical works for Wanjii Power Station.
In this tender for Wanjiri, the CEO of Kengen Ms. Rebecca Miano, corruptly influenced the decision and made sure that it was given to her friend.
The requirement was for a company licensed by NEMA for the asbestos removal and transportation of cancerous Asbestos but she disregarded all that.
It is not the first time that Ms. Miano is being accused of doing this. She was accused of influencing the tender award for the procurement of plant design, supply and installation of units 1, 2 and 3 of the Olkaria 1 Geothermal Power Plant.
Ms. Miano received a bribe from a Chinese firm that she awarded the tender to.
The CEO is not afraid to break the procurement rules. A seasoned energy field operative, she knows which strings to pull and which buttons to push.
Long-standing procurement rules such as bid security value requirement can be discussed by the madam, as long as one has her bribe; the deal is done.