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Let KPA breathe, grow


Ambassador John Mwangemi. He has been appointed Acting Managing Director of the Kenya Port Authority.

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  • A second interim managing director has been appointed to head Kenya’s key Port Authority after more than a year of multiple interviews that yielded no substantive incumbents for the position. Or so the public is told.
  • John Mwangemi, a diplomat who just returned to Kenya last month from his post as the country’s ambassador to Djibouti and Igad, is replacing Rashid Salim, who also worked as an actor.

A second interim managing director has been appointed to head Kenya’s key Port Authority after more than a year of multiple interviews that yielded no substantive incumbents for the position. Or so the public is told.

John Mwangemi, a diplomat who just returned to Kenya last month from his post as the country’s ambassador to Djibouti and Igad, is replacing Rashid Salim, who also worked as an actor.

While the KPA board says Mwangemi will stand firm until a substantive chief is appointed, Treasury Secretary Ukur Yatani has indicated that the delay in electing the CEO is tied to restructuring that should cause the ports have their own independent chiefs.

You are right, although it is well known that the Authority oversees more than one port: it will be amazing to have all ports like Mombasa under a substantive CEO and a host with other directors.

At that point, the government must conclusively address claims that the appointment has political interests.

If this is the case, we ask the government to appreciate how neighboring ports are arranging for more business.

The KPA must be protected from political interference during and after this engagement.

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