Leaked letter reveals plot to send Ezekiel Mutua home on early retirement

Ezekiel Mutua
KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mutua. [Photo: Courtesy]

The intrigues aimed at sending Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) CEO on early retirement have gone a step higher.

It now exposes the wrangles between Ezekiel Mutua – the CEO – and other board members.

On Friday, a confidential letter addressed to ICT CS Joe Mucheru revealed the depth of the boardroom wrangles.

The letter indicated that any decision made towards the renewal of Mutua’s contract for a third term was illegal and void.

The letter quoted a circular which outlined the policy to guide the reappointment for CEOs of state corporations.

The policy cited that in instances where the Board is not recommending the reappointment of the incumbent CEO (in the event of performance evaluation outcomes or limitations on the term as above), then such CEO should be required to proceed on terminal leave in the last six months of tenure.

Additionally, the acting CEO would be appointed thereof.

“Consequently, any decision made relating to renewal of the CEO’s contract should not be executed, and any such decision and the execution thereof shall have consequences borne by those responsible for the same individually and collectively,” reads an excerpt of the letter.

The letter indicated that it intended to allow the ICT CS to take necessary action against KFCB Board Members found complicit in participating in the irregularities.

“In particular, any alternate member representing the Principal Secretaries of the National Treasury and ICT who attended and voted in the meeting against Government policy be required to explain their actions as required by circular no. OP / CAB.9 / 1A of October 18 2019 on Alternate Directors representing Government Agencies,” reads the letter in part.

Further, the letter’s sender pointed out that Mutua should go on terminal leave pending his retirement on October 25, 2021.
Mutua denied that the letter was addressed to him.