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Revealed! Why Ezra Chiloba was suspended as CA Director General

Details emerge on why Ezra Chiloba was dismissed from from the position of Director General at the Communication Authority of Kenya (CA).

Ezra Chiloba, the Communication Authority of Kenya (CA) Director General was suspended on Monday after two years on the job.

However, at the time of suspension, the Authority did not divulge details as to why Chiloba was ‘dismissed’ with immediate effect and replaced by Christopher Wambua in an acting capacity.

But according to revealations, the recommendation to suspend Chiloba was arrived at during a special board audit and risk assurance committee meeting that was held on August 8, 2023.

During the meeting, the committee further recommended the suspension of; Human Resources, Legal Services, and Finance directors as well as the Internal Auditor.

The five were charged with poor management of the employee mortgage scheme, which resulted in the government losing millions of shillings, according to the meeting minutes.

“Valuers and Quantity Surveyors (QS’s) involved in professional misconduct of overvaluing properties should be reported to the professional bodies while staff found culpable of colluding with the valuers be sanctioned,” the committee recommended then.

It turned out, in particular, that Chiloba and his team had used the Authority’s valuers to assign properties a higher value.

The committee noticed a significant difference in property assessment between government and privately hired valuers of more than 20%.

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Further information about staff mortgage defaults totaling Ksh28.9 million was revealed at the meeting on August 8.

It was determined that the contract duration had not been taken into account when the mortgages were approved and granted.

Chiloba and his group were charged with understating loan balances for ex CA employees as well as refinancing mortgages worth Ksh364 million for current CA employees without providing proof that the homes they bought had been upgraded. 

“Management should hold those responsible to account and recover the liabilities within the next 30 days,” the minutes read in part.

Additionally, the committee recommended a relook at all loans in the loan book and disciplinary measures be undertaken on Chiloba and the four other officers as well as any new officers found with similar cases. 

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