, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 9 – The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) Board has made extensive changes to the management in response to what it deems as a failure by the axed managers to prevent contraband goods from entering the country and loss of revenue at the port.
Managing Director Gichiri Ndua whose contract was due to expire in July has been sent on terminal leave with three General Managers sent on early retirement, “with immediate effect.”
The managers are Twalib Khamisi who was in charge of Operations, Muthoni Gatere who was in charge of Board and Legal Services and Justus Nyarandi who was the Corporate Services General Manager.
“Several serving staff at the KPA had failed to fully exercise their duties to stop the proliferation of contraband cargo through the port, mis-declaration of cargo and gaps in the screening of containers and the verification of goods,” Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said at a press briefing on Tuesday.
Ndua has been replaced in an acting capacity by Finance General Manager Catherine Mturi.
Head of Security Major (td) Mohamed Morowa has also been replaced by the Principal Port Security Officer Mariam Khamis.
Other substantive appointments include the promotion of Sudi Mwasinago from Head of Container Operations to General Manager Operations.
Edward Kamau has been promoted from Head of Marketing Services to GM, Corporate Services.
Addraya Dena will move up from Head of Contracts and Conveyance to GM, Board and Legal Services while the Head of Financial Accounting, Patrick Nyoike, will act as the GM, Finance.
The changes come as no surprise following the destruction of Sh344 million worth of contraband sugar, rice and ethanol on January 21 at an event presided over by none other than President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“The government will see to it that this business of importing contraband goods stops and those involved prosecuted,” President Kenyatta said when he presided at the destruction.
An exchange of blame between the Kenya Revenue Authority and Container Freight Stations then ensued over who between the two had either slept on the job or colluded with contraband importers.
The operations of Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho’s Autoports Freights Limited and Portside Freights Terminal Limited were also suspended thereafter.