MOMBASA, Kenya, Mar 28 – The Kenya Ports Authority board of directors has appointed Engineer Rashid Salim as the acting Managing Director after the resignation of Dr. Daniel Manduku.
The board, which met for a whole day at the port of Mombasa during the 372nd Special Board Meeting to deliberate on Manduku’s resignation, settled on Salim, a Marine Engineer by profession.
Salim, who has worked at KPA for 38 years, took over from Manduku who resigned on Thursday, March 26, 2020.
KPA board chairperson General (Rtd) Joseph Kibwana confirmed Salim’s appointment in a letter dated March 27, 2020.
“The board sitting held during the 372nd Special Board Meeting on 27 March 2020 resolved to appoint you (Rashid Salim) as the acting Managing Director with effect from March 27, 2020. Details which will be communicated to you in due course,” wrote Kibwana.
He said the acting appointment will be subjected to the prevailing human resource policies.
Salim was KPA’s General Manager Engineering Services and prior to that position he was the Head of Marine Engineering.
According to his resume, he was employed at KPA on September 1, 1982, as a Marine Engineer Trainee and has risen through the ranks to Marine Engineer, Senior Marine Engineer, Principal Marine Engineer (Dockyard), and Principal Marine Engineer (Afloat).
He holds a Higher National Diploma in Marine Engineering UK, Chief Engineer Certificate of Competency South Tyneside College in the UK, among other engineering qualifications.
Manduku announced his resignation on Friday, through a letter to the board.
“I do hereby tender my resignation, which I hope you will accept, effective 1st June 2020. I am immediately proceeding on terminal leave until then,” he said in the letter dated March 27.
Manduku, who is under investigation for corruption was earlier this month arrested by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), but did not face charges because the chief public prosecutor had not approved his file.
Manduku was appointed to the helm of the port on May 31, 2018, to replace Catherine Mturi-Wairi.
Prior to the appointment, Manduku was the Chief Executive Officer of the National Construction Authority (NCA).