Kenya: Nicholas Nganga Named as Kakuzi Chair

Former Safaricom chairman, Nicholas Nganga has been appointed to chair the Kakuzi board with immediate effect. Nganga has taken over from Graham Mclean who bowed out of the role, but will stay on as a non-executive director.

Kakuzi PLC is a listed Kenyan agricultural company trading on both the Nairobi and London Stock Exchange engaging in the cultivation, processing and marketing of avocados, blueberries, macadamia, tea, livestock and commercial forestry.

Nganga averred that the board changes are part of efforts to ensure that the company's policies and human rights processes evolve to accommodate feedback from employees, communities and other stakeholders.

Nganga retired after 13 distinguished years with Safaricom, he is also the chairman of Car & General Kenya Limited and G4S Security.

With a has a Bachelors begree from Makerere University, Nganga portrays a experience having as the Permanent Secretary to the ministries of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Health.

Additionally, the Kakuzi board has agreed on the creation of a separate human rights advisory committee. The team will be made up of experienced and distinguished individuals drawn from the human rights sector locally, internationally and representatives of Kakuzi stakeholders.

At the same time, Kakuzi has appointed Dr Kibunga Kimani, one of the company's largest individual shareholders to it's board. Dr John Kimani has extensive experience in the agricultural sector (public and private) including planning, development and administration of small-holder agricultural extension programs at District level, developing and managing small-holder irrigation projects and preparing long-range plans for land and water resources across Kenya.

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