Kenya Power Manager Charles Mwaura Exits after A 35-year Service

Outgoing Kenya Power and Lighting Company's General Manager, Network Management, Eng. Charles Mwaura
Outgoing Kenya Power and Lighting Company's General Manager, Network Management, Eng. Charles Mwaura. [Photo/@KenyaPower/X]

Kenya Power and Lighting Company’s General Manager, Network Management, Eng. Charles Mwaura has retired after a 35-year service.

Mwaura’s last working day was on Friday, May 31, 2024. He joined the utility company in 1989.

“After serving Kenya Power for a good 35 years (from January 1989 to May 2024), outgoing General Manager, Network Management, Eng. Charles Mwaura, on Friday, 31st, 2024, bid the Company kwaheri in a colourful ceremony attended by dozens of staff members. During the event held at Stima Club in Nairobi, Eng. Mwaura arrived on top of a live-line truck and handed over his work equipment, a reflector jacket, and helmet as staff cheered on,” Kenya Power stated.

Popularly known as ‘Papa,’ a moniker he gained for his fatherly and humble approach to issues, Eng. Mwaura has worked in the Operations & Maintenance (O&M) Division at Kenya Power for most of his life.

After finishing the two-year graduate engineer apprenticeship, he joined O&M at emergency services and later became the Common Services Engineer (the team that handled underground cables and 66kV sub-transmission in Nairobi).

Eng. Mwaura rose through the ranks to become the Chief Engineer of Common Services in Nairobi. In 2014, he became the Regional Manager for the Nairobi North Region.

Papa later became the General Manager of Network Management in December 2019, a position he held until retirement.

Eng. Mwaura was part of the brainchild of Liveline operations in distribution and sub-transmission networks.

He has also been the Chairman of the Status of the Network Committee, an energy sector committee. He is the most experienced engineer in underground cables, which he revamped and equipped with the capacity to handle all voltages up to 220kV.

He has worked all his time in Nairobi, mainly because of the concentration of underground cables.

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