Politics and policy
Kimunya hands KPA chief new contract six months early
Posted Sunday, February 17 2013 at 17:35
- In a Kenya Gazette notice issued on Friday, Mr Kimunya said he relied on powers vested by section 5 (1) of the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) Act.
- The section allows the minister to appoint the managing director after consultation with the board.
- KPA board chairman Shujuri Baramadi said the reappointment was in order.
Transport minister Amos Kimunya has extended the contract of Kenya Ports Authority managing director Francis Gichiri Ndua for another three years, six months before the renewal was due.
In a Kenya Gazette notice issued on Friday, Mr Kimunya said he relied on powers vested by section 5 (1) of the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) Act.
The section allows the minister to appoint the managing director after consultation with the board and to review the terms and conditions of service from time to time.
Mr Kimunya could not be reached for comment, but KPA board chairman Shukuri Baramadi said the reappointment was in order.
“The reappointment is procedural because Mr Ndua applied for extension of this position as required by regulation,” Mr Baramadi told the Business Daily by phone on Friday.
Mr Baramadi described Mr Ndua as a performer, saying the chief executive had helped improve KPA revenues to Sh48 billion last year.
“The board met on January 25 and recommended that he be reappointed because of the sterling performance,” Mr Baramadi said.
The reappointment of Mr Ndua just two weeks to election is the latest case of outgoing ministers filling up positions in strategic parastatals just before they leave office.
This has led to suspicions that they are securing jobs for their cronies because after the March 4 General Election ministers, who will be called cabinet secretaries, will be selected competitively and be approved by Parliament before being appointed.
“Appointments made by incumbents just before elections may be due to political consideration or because ministers have piled backlogs which have to be cleared,” Kenya Institute of Management chief executive officer David Muturi said in an earlier interview.
Given the intense lobbying that characterises top civil service and parastatal jobs, civil society groups have called for public scrutiny of the rushed appointments.
Between December last year and January this year, ministers appointed nearly 70 directors of state corporations. Mr Kimunya together with Samuel Poghisio (Information), Anyang’ Nyong’o (Medical Services), Henry Kosgey (Industrialisation) and Kiraitu Murungi (Energy) made the most appointments.
The appointments have affected boards of Communications Commission of Kenya, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, East African Portland Cement Company, Kenyatta National Hospital and National Hospital Insurance Fund.
Others are Kenya Film Commission (KFC), National Oil Corporation, Kenya Electricity Transmission Company, Konza Technopolis Development Authority and Kenya Medical Training College.