Former Kenya Ports Authority MDCatherine Mturi-Wairi handed over office yesterday, ending speculation about conflicts over the parastatal’s leadership. The low-key ceremony was attended by senior KPA staff including the board and legal services general manager Addraya Dena, general manager operations William Ruto and board chairman General (Rtd) Joseph Kibwana.
It was held at the chairman’s office at KPA headquarters. Mturi pledged to support incoming MD Daniel Manduku. The former MD had been sent on a two-month compulsory leave before voluntarily resigning. She took Manduku through the key port projects. They include the second container terminal-phase two, relocation of the Kipevu oil terminal, ongoing Lamu port construction and the SGR second relief line.
Manduku said he is committed to ensure the Port of Mombasa becomes efficient and competitive. “We shall work with partners, both local and regional, to achieve this, while ensuring the government and the national agenda, are put first,” Manduku he said. Communication by Transport CS James Machari indicated that Mturi was sent on leave due to nonperformance and other problems.
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