KMTC appoints Dr Kelly Oluoch acting CEO amid corruption investigations
The Kenya Medical Training College Board of Directors has appointed Dr. Kelly Oluoch as Acting CEO.
Dr. Kelly Oluoch took over the KMTC mantle on December 24, 2020, from Prof. Michael Kiptoo, pending substantive filling of the position.
Before his appointment, Dr. Oluoch has been serving as the Deputy Director in charge of Finance, Planning and Administration in the College.
Previously, he served as Principal, Deputy Principal and Head of Department in the College. He also served as Pharmacist in Charge at Marsabit District Hospital.
Dr. Kelly holds a doctorate in Business Administration, Strategic Management option from the University of Nairobi and in Biotechnology, Innovation and Regulatory Pharmacy from Purdue University; a Master of Science (MSc) in Biotechnology, Innovation and Regulatory Pharmacy from Purdue University; a Master of Business Administration from the University of Nairobi; a Diploma in Industrial Pharmacy and Drug Discovery from Purdue (USA) and Howard University (USA); a Post Graduate Diploma in Medical Education and a Bachelor Degree in Pharmacy from Dr. MGR Medical University.
Dr. Kelly has conducted and completed several research projects and is currently engaged in many others. He has authored and co-authored several peer-reviewed publications.
Corruption by the board of management
In November 2020, the Inspectorate of State Corporations (ISC) investigations launched investigations looking into the wide spread reports of corruption at the KMTC.
ISC investigations which specifically targets the board seeks to look into reports of abuse of office, misuse of college property, illegal recruitment and corruption in the KMTC Board.
The Saturday Nation reported that an October 8 letter by the Inspectorate of State Corporations to KMTC chief executive Michael Kiptoo demands the board to account for its expenditure.
State Corporations Inspector-General Lawrence Okudo said that management may have flouted procurement processes in the payment of tenders. Board members are suspected to have paid themselves unwarranted allowances for meetings and events they did not attend.
There is a Sh7 billion dispute between the board and management. The money is what the college collects from students as fees and money from donors every year.
The newspaper further reported that the management feels the board is interfering with the day-to-day running of the institution.
Also being investigated is the appointment of company secretary on November 13, 2015.
“The commission is carrying out an investigation into allegations of irregular appointment of Dr Miriam Ndunge Muthoka,” says an October 15 letter sent by the commission to the KMTC Board.
EACC has asked for some documents from KMTC to facilitate the investigations.
“To facilitate our investigations, kindly furnish us certified copies of the necessary documents,” EACC letetr signed by Mr Patrick Owiny on behalf of the EACC chief executive said.
KMTC board dismisses the investigations as normal but sources insisted that that is far from the truth.