KPA boss sacked

August 5, 2008

, NAIROBI, August 5 – Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) Managing Director Abdalla Mwaruwa has been sacked.

At a round table meeting with the private sector on Tuesday, Prime Minister Raila Odinga announced that Mwaruwa had been sent packing because he hasn\’t solved the congestion crisis at the port.

James Mulewa was announced by Odinga as the new Managing Director (MD) at the Mombasa Port, in an acting capacity, and Mwaruwa has already handed over the reins to him.

Mulewa confirmed that he received his appointment letter from the Transport Ministry headquarters on Monday.

Prior to his appointment, Mulewa was the Reform Manager, a post which was created by the former MD Brown Ondego, who is now the Executive Chairman at RVR.

His appointment comes at the time when the authority is faced with the controversial Kilindini Water Front System (KWATOS), which resulted in poor clearance documentation at Mombasa Port.

The new documentation system is blamed for the congestion and pile up of containers, after the management recently did away with the manual system.

Though the management downplayed the issue and termed it as a mere teething  problem, Mulewa is said to be faced with hard times at the port, as land locked countries using the waterway have threatened to divert their containers to other ports due to the pile-up in Mombasa.

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