Shipping & Logistics

Maritime agency seeks substantive boss after two-year wait

A container ship makes its way into Mombasa port. FILE PHOTO | NMG
A container ship makes its way into Mombasa port. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA) has finally kicked off the process of recruiting its director- general, two-and-half years after the exit of current Shipping and Maritime Affairs principal secretary Nancy Karigithu.

The agency has called for applications for the job . The recruitment has previously been cancelled three times, two of them during the tenure of Ms Karigithu.

“The director-general shall be responsible for day-to-day management and operations and shall have control over all personnel and other activities of the authority,” says the notice published on Tuesday

Recent developments in the maritime sector have seen the creation of a unit within President Uhuru Kenyatta’s office to push for exploitation of marine resources in a blue economy, attracting considerable interest from professionals in the job.

Interviews scheduled for January 12, 2016, were cancelled following a court order.

Some of those who applied for the job were current acting boss Cosmas Cherop and former Kenya Ferry Services managing director Hassan Musa.

Others were Stanley Chai, director at Ultimate Maritime Consultants, Daniel Nzeki, CEO of Container Freight Stations Association of Kenya, and Geoffrey Mwango, a lecturer in maritime, transport, shipping and logistics at Moi University.

An order stopping the recruitment was issued after a petitioner, who was not an applicant, went to court claiming the process was not transparent because a short list had not been published in the local dailies.

“We were about to start the interviews but the order came the same day. Since then we have not heard from the authority until the recent notice,” said Mr Chai.