Parliament rejects Chumo for SRC job

Ben Chumo during the vetting. The parliamentary committee has rejected his appointment. PHOTO COURTESY

Parliamentary Finance committee has rejected appointment of Ben Chumo as chair of Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC).

The committee chaired by Kipkelion East member of parliament, Joseph Limo, said the former Kenya Power boss did not satisfy the requirements of chapter 6 of the constitution on leadership and integrity.

“Ben Chumo has integrity issues arising out of the fact that he has been accused of economic crimes and therefore does not satisfy the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution on Leadership and Integrity,” the report reads in part.

Ben Chumo is among 18 people charged with procurement of sh408m faulty transformers and irregular award of a contract.

Chumo appeared before the Parliamentary Finance committee on Monday.

“Having considered the suitability, capacity & integrity of the nominee, pursuant to Article 250(2) of the Constitution, Sections 5 and 7(11) of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission Act (No. 33 of 2011) & the Public Appointments (Parliamentary Approval) Act the committee recommends that the National Assembly REJECTS the nomination for appointment of Dr. Ben Chumo as the chairperson of Salaries and Remuneration Committee” read the report.

The committee however acknowledged that Chumo had necessary academic qualifications for the post but noted that he would have found it difficult to take up the position being an officer and having being charged for corruption or economic crimes.