KENYA – A week after axing 10 commissioners of Kenya Meat Commission, Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Felix Koskei has sent home two other officials, leaving only the processor’s chairman on the board.
The two commissioners, who fell to Mr Koskei’s axe in Friday, August 15, Gazette notice are Mr Mohammed Jimale and Mr Francis Kinyua in a move aimed at restructuring the debt-ridden meat processor.
The only senior ranking official left on the board is KMC chairman, Mr Josiah Taraiya Ole Kores.
The 10 commissioners who were shown the door last week are Mrs Grace Mwema, Mr Aden Abdi Hassan, Ms Amina Mahat Kuyo, Mr David Chumbe Kalasinga, Mr Hassan Galma Jillo and Mr Halima Abdillahi Shaiya.
Others were Mr Fred Obachi Machokaa, Mr Hassan Ahmed Duale, Mr Nganga David Njuguna and Mr Nicholas Loitiptip.
The restructuring and privatisation is expected to address the debt and management structure and the viability of the meat processor. The core mandate of the parastatal is to run abattoirs, purchase and process meat products.
The ministry also advertised for international firms with experience in the design and construction of abattoirs to modernise its plant and machinery.
The revamping targets slaughter facilities to raise efficiency and output, upgrade the value addition units and the canning infrastructure.
The restructuring will also affect the enterprise resource planning system for meat and meat products with a view to improve accountability and traceability of products.
Citing KMC as another lost opportunity that could have transformed Kenya’s livestock industry, the presidential taskforce on parastatal reforms said the mismanagement of parastatals in the country has worked to the detriment of the economy and people’s livelihoods.
A livestock Bill that is before Parliament is to guide on the restructuring of the livestock related pararastals including the KMC.
The ongoing restructuring is expected to lead to job losses for hundreds of workers.