NAIROBI, KENYA, NOVEMBER 30 — Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) which runs the port of Mombasa has a new substantial Managing Director.
Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has appointed Arch. Daniel Ogwoka Manduku as the MD effective November 30.
His appointment comes as a confirmation after holding the position in an acting capacity since May this year.
The position fell vacant after former MD Catherine Mturi-Wairi was shown the door on May 30, on inefficiency and cargo clearance delays at the port. Ms Wairi moved to court to challenge the appointment of Mr Manduku.
The High Court however upheld Mr Manduku’s appointment. Ms Wairi later went on to resign after serving the authority for 25 years.
The board of directors of KPA then appointed Deloitte Consulting Limited to conduct a search for the MD through a competitive process.
According to the ministry, the outsourcing was meant to ensure a rigorous exercise is undertaken, with the position being filled by someone with sound background, relevant skills and experience to manage KPA efficiently and effectively.
The process involved advertising of the post based on the job description and requirements for the Managing Director.
“I wish to confirm that the short listing and interviewing process was not only transparent but also based on a verifiable process,” Macharia said.
“Consequently, following the submission of a shortlist of three candidates by the board of directors, and in accordance with section 5(1) of the KPA Act Chapter 391 of the Laws of Kenya, I have appointed Dr. Arch. Daniel Ogwoka Manduku as the Managing Director of the Kenya Ports Authority with effect from November 30, 2018,” said the CS, who is in charge of the vast Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Work Ministry.
An Architecture by profession, Mr Manduku is the immediate former National Construction Authority boss.
During his short stint as acting MD, Mr Manduku is praised for helping improve efficiently at the East Africa’s leading port which includes addressing cargo delays at the facility.
Manduku has vowed to ensure “zero delays” at the Port of Mombasa by next year.