Transport secretary James Macharia has confirmed Catherine Mturi-Wairi as the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) managing director, ending four months of leadership vacuum at the country’s richest parastatal.
Mr Macharia said Mrs Wairi’s name was forwarded to his office by the by KPA board after she scored the highest points in the recent interviews for the job.
Ms Wairi, up to February the agency’s general manager in charge of finance, was appoint as the authority's acting boss after Mr Gichiri Ndua was sacked in February.
In a statement on Tuesday, Mr Macharia said she scored 72.5 per cent against Eng Joseph Atonga’s 68.75 and Mr Stanley Ndege’s 58.2 per cent.
“In this regard, and having considered the need to appoint the managing director on the basis of merit, I hereby confirm the appointment of Mrs Mturi-Wairi for a period of three years with immediate effect,” Mr Macharia said in a statement.
Ms Wairi who is also a director at the Sidian Bank holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Finance and Accounting from United States University, Nairobi and a Master of Business Administration from the same institution.
She is both a certified Public Accountant of Kenya and certified Public Secretary of Kenya. In addition to this, she is also a certified SAP Consultant, Finance.
She has worked at KPA for the last 23 years, having joined as a junior accountant in 1993.