Why Nancy Macharia Has Fired Her TSC Deputy CEO Kennedy Juma Mulunda
Nancy Macharia, the CEO of the Teachers Service Commission, has fired Kennedy Juma Mulunda, the deputy CEO.
According to reports, Mulunda was found guilty of abusing his authority by intimidating school principals in the Western and Nyanza regions into awarding contracts to a specific company.
A panel of Commissioners investigating him also found him guilty of threatening teachers who refused to listen to him, saying he would deal with them if he took over the Commission after Macharia retired.
On several occasions in 2020 and 2021, the TSC deputy CEO was accused of abusing his position by harassing, coercing, and pressuring staffing officers to transfer multiple principals in Western and Nyanza outside of the authorized transfer zone and against the Commission’s transfer guidelines.
According to the Nation, a school principal testified that Mulunda persuaded the school to award a tender for laboratory chemicals and equipment to a company that was not prequalified.
The Commission also heard that school principals who refused to follow his instructions would face transfers as a form of punishment.
The principals of some of the schools told the commissioners that Mulunda used board chairpersons to award tenders to companies who did not follow procurement regulations. He forced the principals of other schools to award tenders to his relatives.
Mulunda, as the person in charge of Secretariat Personnel, was informed of his dismissal in the letter after the Commission’s report was presented to Macharia.
The TSC CEO claimed that the investigations had unearthed a mountain of evidence against Mulunda, and that the commissioners had given her specific orders regarding her embattled deputy.
“Pursuant to the provisions of clause 10 of your employment contract, the Commission has made a decision to terminate your employment contract with effect from June 20, 2022,” the letter by Macharia read in part.
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He was also accused of using his position as deputy CEO to intimidate regional Commission officials.
According to The Nation, TSC chairman Jamleck Muturi formed a special committee to investigate allegations of abuse of authority leveled against Mulunda, and the committee produced a report in February.