MOMBASA, Kenya Mar 27 – Daniel Manduku has resigned as the Kenya Ports Authority Managing Director.
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).
He said he took the decision to resign “after deep introspection and lengthy consultations.”
KPA Board Chairman General (Rtd) Joseph Kibwana convened a board meeting on Friday morning to discuss the new development.
There was no immediate statement from the Transport Ministry.
Manduku was arrested on March 2, by DCI detectives over a probe into leased extra storage space for containers by the agency in Nairobi in which taxpayers are said to have lost hundreds of millions.
He was arrested alongside Kenya Revenue Authority Commissioner for Customs Kevin Safari. No charges have been preferred against them.
Last year November, the DCI George Kinoti announced that his office was investigating tenders worth Sh2.9 billion at the port.
He said they had raised queries on how Sh500 million was spent on the Makongeni goods shed project, manufacture of concrete barriers at Sh1.4 billion and the Sh800 million Kisumu port revitalization project among others.
Manduku denies the allegations.