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November 18, 2018

KPA sacks MD, top managers in crackdown on corruption at Port of Mombasa

KPA MD Gichiri Ndua,during a tour at the Port of Mombasa on 6th August 2013.Photo Elkana Jacob
KPA MD Gichiri Ndua,during a tour at the Port of Mombasa on 6th August 2013.Photo Elkana Jacob

KPA managing director Gichiri Ndua was sent on terminal leave on Tuesday in major changes aimed at curbing corruption at the Port of Mombasa.

The Transport CS said GMs Twalib Khamis (Operations), Justus Nyarandi (Corporate services) and Board and Legal services (Muthoni Gatere) and Security head Mohamed Morowa were sent on early retirement.

 "Several serving staff at Kenya Ports Authority had failed to fully exercise their duties to stop or mitigate the possibility of compromising operations and delivery," CS James Macharia said.

"Several key changes at the top management were required in order that the institution may deliver on its mandate."

Catherine Mturi will replace Ndua, who was in office for five years, in acting capacity while Patrick Nyoike who is head of Financial Accounting will serve as Finance general manager. Ndua's contract was to expire in July.

In an address at Harambee House, Nairobi, Macharia asked the management of the KPA to begin the process of terminating procurement process. 

Cargo will be cleared at the port, not at container freight stations for the sake of smooth operations, he said, adding the reorganisation will minimise the proliferation of contraband goods.

Kenya Revenue Authority commissioner general John Njiraini said 50 employees have been transferred from freight stations in Mombasa.

Njiraini said commissioner of Investigation Jonah Cheruiyot will be transferred and that the human resources manager will "take early retirement".

"KRA will recruit a new commissioner of investigations. The process will commence immediately to identify the right person," he said, adding a new HR manager will be hired to steer staff discipline.

He further said that key customs staff at all entry points will be vetted within the next three months.

Njiraini said owners of cargo in stations that were shut down have been asked to claim them.

Noting that there are contraband goods, including foods, that attract heavy taxes, he said: "KRA has decided to go ahead and open all the confiscated cargo, some of which is coming from areas that export ethanol".

"KRA operations are governed by law. We are proceeding with the opening of all cargo; closing CFSs was the beginning, not the end."

The commissioner general further said several KRA staff members involved in diverting cargo, resulting in losses, will be prosecuted.

Njiraini said the authority will work with relevant state agencies to curb insecurity and malpractices at the port using modern techniques implemented by the new commissioner of investigations.

"Our weakest link is investigation. We are now focusing on strengthening the investigations capacity," he said. He added that more measures aimed at streamlining customs operations will be taken.

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