NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 12 – Catherine Mturi-Wairi has been appointed as the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) Managing Director effective immediately.
Wairi has been serving as the Acting Managing Director of KPA since February this year.
The move comes following the sacking of the former KPA Managing Director Gichiri Ndua and other top officials over corruption in February 2016.
Top KPA officials who were sent packing include general managers in charge of human resources, operations, legal, corporate services and the head of security.
Mombasa Port OCPD and the county criminal investigations officer were also moved.
The move was aimed at ridding the port of corruption.
The radical measures were taken on the recommendations by an inter-agency committee formed by President Uhuru Kenyatta to look at issues affecting the port.
Wairi sits on the Board of Directors of Sidian Bank and chairs its Audit and Risk Committee.
She is also a member of the Institute of Directors of Kenya, Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya, Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya and Kenya Institute of Management.
She is a member of the Women in Marine Sector in East and Southern Africa (WOMESA).
Announcing the appointment, KPA Chairman Board of Directors, Marsden Madoka said that Wairi was best suited to steer the authority to greater heights.
“Wairi is not only qualified, but also has a wealth of experience in the industry as a long-serving employee of KPA. She is the best steward to champion the ongoing restructuring of KPA to enhance robustness, efficiency and a higher degree of accountability,” Madoka noted.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance and Accounting from United States International University, Nairobi and a Master of Business Administration from the same institution.
She is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya – CPA (K) and Certified Public Secretary of Kenya – CPS (K).
In addition to this, she is also a certified SAP Consultant, Finance.