The court approves the appointment of the new head of the KPA

The court approves the appointment of the new head of the KPA

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The court approves the appointment of the new head of the KPA

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

John Mwangemi, Acting Managing Director of the KPA. FILE PHOTO | NMG

The court approves the appointment of the new head of the KPA

By SAM KIPLAGAT
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  • Judge Byram Ongaya clarified that the order that allegedly annulled Mr. Mwangemi’s appointment was erroneous and ordered that an adequate one be extracted, verified and served on the parties.
  • The Court determined that the order extracted and served on the KPA differed from the court’s handwritten records.

The employment court has cleared the way for the Kenyan Port Authority (KPA) Acting Managing Director John Mwangemi to take over.

Judge Byram Ongaya clarified that the order that allegedly annulled Mr. Mwangemi’s appointment was erroneous and ordered that an adequate one be extracted, verified and served on the parties.

The Court determined that the order extracted and served on the KPA differed from the court’s handwritten records.

Mr. Mwangemi was named interim CEO on July 1 to replace Rashid Salim, who is on terminal leave for three months prior to his September retirement.

However, the appointment was made after a non-governmental organization challenged the measure.

Human Rights and Justice Commission through its executive director Julius Ogogoh, argued that the appointment was wrapped up in secrecy and in violation of laws, including the KPA Act and the Public Service Commission Act.

The lobby group stated that under the KPA Act, the CS is supposed to make such an appointment in consultation with the KPA board of directors.

He also argues that the board, which was supposed to have consulted with Treasury Secretary Ukur Yatani before the appointment could be made, is not properly constituted.

The term of the board chairman and three other board members expired on June 5 this year.

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