Wednesday , April 21 2021

Race for the top work of the Kenya Port Authority starts today



Daniel Manduku has postulated in acting capacity. He will be interviewed tomorrow. [File, Standard]

Deloitte Consulting will begin its search for a permanent replacement to head the Kenya Port Authority (KPA).

KPA CEO Daniel Manduku is expected to face a panel of experts to defend his performance at the port.

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Dr. Manduku was appointed to replace Catherine Mturi-Wairi, who was fired six months ago after the congestion in the port of Mombasa.

Manduku was initially on a three-month term, beginning on May 30, but the period was extended until November 1.

The standard he learned that Deloitte Consulting has selected several candidates, including current and former managers, who signed up for the position before the deadline of November 16.

The KPA board of directors under Gen (Rtd) Joseph Kibwana opted for the competitive hiring of the port chief instead of confirming the Manduku.

Political leaders and KPA workers have raised concerns about alleged commercial and political interests, warning that the process should be above the board.

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Others who have signed up for the main post are Sudi Mwasinago's former General Manager of Operations. Mr Mwasinago was earlier this year sent to Kisumu and is expected to face the panel today.

Port performance

Then there's Joseph Atonga, who recently retired as KPA's general manager for technical services, and former cargo services manager, Evalyne Chibule.

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Secretary-General of the Cargo Workers' Union, Simon Sang, said the union preferred Manduku because it boosted port performance, including lifting freight through the standard gauge railroad.

Sang said Manduku also facilitated quick negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement that raised wages for lower-paid workers by 16 percent and the highest paid by 10 percent.

Manduku was the previous general director of the National Construction Authority. In 2016, he unsuccessfully requested the work at the top of the door.

Handling capacity

Meanwhile, figures from a KPA report indicate that the number of containers in the Interior Container Depot (ICD) fell to 5,138 from more than 10,270 TEUs registered in September.

The TEU is used to describe the carrying capacity of a ship or the cargo handling capacity of a maritime terminal.

The transhipment cargo at the port also recorded a 40% increase from 56,740 TEUs in January to September last year to 79,510 TEUs in the same period this year.

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Three weeks ago, the MSC Maxine made her maid call in port. It has a capacity of 9,411 TEUs and is one of the largest container ships to dock in Mombasa.

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