Ezekiel Mutua Relieved Of His Duties As KFCB CEO.
Sources say that Mutua has been sent on “terminal leave” and no reason has been given.
Christopher Wambua from the Communications Authority of Kenya has been appointed as the acting CEO until a replacement is found.
On Thursday night, Mr. Mutua denied reports that he had been fired calling them “malicious” and said he is not aware of such developments.
“My attention has been drawn to reports on social media to the effect that I have been fired as CEO of KFCB. PLEASE IGNORE such malicious rumours. I am not aware of such developments and there can be no grain of truth in them as there’s no vacancy in the office of the CEO KFCB,” he said on his official Twitter account.
Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr broke the news when he tweeted; “Ezekiel Mutua unlawfully removed by CS Mucheru as CEO after being lawfully appointed by the Board “Laws are mere suggestions for this administration (Jubilee),” Mutula castigated. Dr Mutua also issued a statement refuting reports alleging that he was fired.
The Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) also launched a probe after Mutua was accused of receiving irregular payments in terms of salaries and allowances. In the statement dated May 6, EACC stated that a board member, Ms. Gathoni Kungu was also under investigation.
The Cabinet Secretary for Information Communication Technology (ICT) Joe Mucheru has confirmed the exit of Ezekiel Mutua from the helm of the Kenya Film and Classification Board (KFCB).
Speaking exclusively to Kenyans.co.ke, Mucheru said Mutua’s role as the Chief Executive Officer of the parastatal comes to an end on Friday, August 6.
Effectively, the CS appointed Communications Authority of Kenya’s (CAK) Director of Communications and External Affairs, Christopher Wambua, as the new CEO. Wambua would act in a temporary capacity.
Mucheru added that he would release a detailed statement before Saturday, August 7, to officially announce Mutua’s exit. The former KFCB CEO was asked to proceed on terminal leave on the expiry of his second term.