His rise and arrival at the positions he has held is as legendary as they all go.
Indeed, he has skipped some ‘maturing’ that many in his stature go through in the ladder to positions the currently occupy. Many people believe that he stepped on many toes and breached basic rules of ascendancy in the public service.
Mysteriously, he found himself at the helm of one of the country’s most important and crucial commodity management. He was appointed to head the precious water management in the country.
President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed the former security guard as chairperson of the Board of National Water Harvesting and Storage Authority.
Through the Kenya Gazette Vol. CXXII No. 50, Kenyatta appointed Okeyo, who rose to become the CEO of Bedrock Security Services, a firm that specialises in electronic security solutions, security personnel, cash in transit and investigations.
“In exercise of the powers conferred to me, I appoint Eric Okeyo to be the chairperson of the board for a period of three (3) years,” read the Notice.
But things just changed after the appointment. Many people working with him at the water authority accuse him of many things, including arrogance, bad conduct and pride.
Arrogance, they say was derived from the fact that his appointment to the position, engineered by the close relationship between Raila Odinga, the former Prime Minister and leader of the Opposition and President Kenyatta.
In the illustrious and glamorous career, he might have forgotten to do something right.
Sometime last year, he had an altercation with the Kisumu County government after a house he had rented and later converted to his, including multimillion renovations was brought down in Kisumu.
County staff acting on instructions from above moved in and demolished the house that could easily be said to be one of the most expensive in the Milimani neighbourhood.
Efforts to have it back came to a dead end after it was discovered that he had breached basic undertakings of the tenancy and the occupation rules of the County.
It is on the same wavelength that Okeyo, using perceived powers and imagined closeness to Odinga that he made the renovations without consulting. On the other end, as one from Nyakach, in Kisumu County, a place that the deputy Governor Dr Owili hails from, his idea of belonging was pushed higher than he deserved.
Just like his own documented rise in the security industry was legendary; his impending fall will be Okeyo’s journey has been
This week, the head of civil service Joseph Kinyua announced the suspension of Okeyo as the chairman of the water authority.
This came hot on the heels of a war that has been going on within the parastatal. It is alleged that Okeyo and CEO Sharon Abonyo have been in a fight over what many people believe is a lovers’ tiff, many says that Okeyo’s overreaching and pride might have been his main undoing.
Awash with money from his security firm that enjoys patronage from some of the biggest corporates in the country, the temptation of access to beautiful women and sex, a big problem in corporate Kenya, Okeyo might have had a bad move on Sharon, though it is not confirmed at all. It is speculative and this story will make it remain speculation and a rumour.
Back to the boardroom, it is alleged that water CS Sicily Kariuki was not happy with the conduct of Okeyo who enjoys a considerable friendship with certain government officials mainly through his outreach that includes philanthropy and having employed many people in society.
On the other hand, people have questioned Sharon’s stay in office including CS Kinyua.
Okeyo (in his own words) started off his career as a security guard at Nile Perch Victoria in Kisumu and became a bouncer at Octopus Nightclub before joining G4S. He worked for two years with G4S and rose to the position of controller.
Now CEO of Bedrock Security Services, a firm that specialises in electronic security solutions, security guards, cash in transit and investigations.
The company, is a major player in the security industry having bagged clients like Orange Telkom, Mumias Sugar, Nzoia Sugar, Jaramogi University and Lake Victoria Water Services Board.