Petroleum and Mining Cabinet Secretary John Munyes has appointed Dr. Macharia Irungu as the new Managing Director of Kenya Pipeline.
Mr. Irungu is the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Gulf Africa Petroleum Corporation and is joining KPC at a time it is hit by numerous corruption allegations involving billions of shillings.
Irungu was among the 88 applicants who had applied for the position and according to the Cabinet Secretary, he emerged the best among those interviewed by the board of directors.
According to the statement by the CS, Mr. Irungu brings on board over 28 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, 11 of which he has been at high management levels.
“This decision follows a rigorous recruitment process conducted by the KPC board of Directors, and which was observed throughout by officials from the Public Service Commission. The Board received 88 applicants for the position, and interviewed a final shortlist of 9,” said the CS in a statement.
“The names of the 3 candidates who scored highest were thereafter forwarded to me for the final decision on who should be appointed the Managing Director,” he added.
Mr. Irungu is replacing the embattled former MD Joe Sang who was haunted out of office over allegations of overseeing massive corruption at the state corporations.