Pamela Mutua, Meet KNTC CEO Linked To Edible Oil Scandal

Pamela Mutua currently serves as the CEO of the Kenya National Trading Corporation (KNTC). She was recently implicated in a Ksh 16.5 billion edible oil fraud. She has more than two decades of experience in management, organizational development, and marketing.

She has had coveted positions with some of the continent’s largest corporations throughout the years.


She has a Bachelor of Education (1997) and an MBA in Strategic Management (2004) from the University of Nairobi.

Pamela Mutua’s Professional Career

From 1997 to 2000, the Managing Director worked as a direct sales representative for Standard Chartered Bank. In 2003, she was hired as the group product manager at Glaxo Smith Kline Consumer Healthcare.

In 2008, she joined the Coca-Cola Company as a senior franchise brand manager, and in 2011, she joined Danone as a regional marketing manager.

She joined CMC Motors Group Limited in March 2012 as the division manager- Land Rover.

Pamela joined telecommunications behemoth Safaricom PLC in September 2015 as senior marketing manager in charge of brand and communications. Following that, he worked as a senior advisor to the cabinet secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum.

She was a consultant partner at Skeme Advertising Group (SAG Brand House) from March 2018 till the end of 2020.

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She was appointed managing director of Kenya National Trading Corporation (KNTC) in January 2021. The Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Investment oversees this governmental corporation.

Its mandate includes working as the government’s procurement agent and promoting wholesale and retail commerce to boost the country’s supply chain of critical products.

Scandal over edible oil

She was recently arrested and questioned by the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) over her alleged role in the Ksh16.5 billion edible oils scandal.

The government had hired KNTC to import edible oils, and it was revealed in June 2023 that companies owned by government officials were single-sourced to acquire food oils.

According to Citizen Digital, one of the companies awarded the local purchase order was Shehena Trading Commodity Limited, which is 100% owned by Invest Africa – FZCO, a company registered in a Dubai free zone and led by Wilfred Saroni, who is said to be a close associate of Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria.