MOMBASA, October 13 – The Kenya Ports Authority will have a new Managing Director in November, Transport Minister Mr Chirau Ali Mwakwere has said.
Mr Mwakwere said the new official will take over from the former Chief Executive Officer Mr Abdullah Mwaruwa who is on annual leave pending his retirement in December.
“I will name the new MD who qualifies to head the parastatal by end of this month,” stressed the minister.
He said a committee headed by former Coast Provincial Director of Education Mrs Khadija Karim was in the process of short listing applicants who had applied for the post and the applicants would be interviewed next week before the successful candidate is selected.
The Minister spoke in Mombasa during celebrations to mark the International Road Transport Action week in Changamwe where he denied allegations that there was a rift within the government over the cancellation of a tender for second grain bulk handling company at the port of Mombasa.
“One of the aspects that led to the cancellation is that the construction of a second grain company will result to 3,000 people losing their jobs," he said.
Mr Mwakwere added that the government would issue a comprehensive statement on the proposed company.
Mr Mwaruwa was sent on compulsory leave in August following consistent congestion crisis that was being experienced at the port and was replaced by Mr James Mulewa on an acting capacity.