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Recruit KPA CEO urgently

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National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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Summary

  • The Treasury and the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) should act within the law and fill the vacancy at the ports agency without further delay.
  • On Wednesday, the search for a new chief executive hit a brick wall the third time after Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani rejected the three nominees for the position, citing low scores.
  • The KPA board had interviewed six candidates and picked three from the pool.

The Treasury and the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) should act within the law and fill the vacancy at the ports agency without further delay.

On Wednesday, the search for a new chief executive hit a brick wall the third time after Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani rejected the three nominees for the position, citing low scores.

The KPA board had interviewed six candidates and picked three from the pool.

In a circular dated March 2, 2021, addressed to KPA chairman Joseph Kibwana, the Treasury directed the board to conduct a fresh recruitment process within 45 days.

The position has been vacant for almost one year now following the resignation of Daniel Manduku due to graft allegations.

The search for his replacement can’t be as hard as the Treasury and the board are making it sound. There is no shortage of men and women with the right qualifications who can serve in the position.

The board, guided by the law, can opt to head-hunt for a qualified individual who will lead the agency competently and with integrity. The directors should put aside their political differences, address reports of favouritism and get a favourable candidate for the job.