MOMBASA (KENYA), Feb 10 – Several high ranking officers at the Mombasa port, Kenya’s main port, have been transferred, suspended or sacked following a major clean up at the port by the government.
Officers affected include Mombasa County criminal investigation officer, officer commanding police division , Kenya Ports Authority Managing Director Gichiri Ndua, Kenya Ports Authority general manager in charge of operations and over 50 Kenya Revenue Authority employees among them its Human resource manager who has been sacked.
The far-reaching changes at the Kenya Ports Authority and more specific at the Mombasa port have been informed by the loss of revenue through corruption and inefficiency in cargo handling by the staff.
In a joint press conference by Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery, his Transport counterpart James Macharia, Kenya Revenue Authority Commissioner-General John Njiraini and Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet, several high ranking officials at the KPA among them its Managing Director were sacked.
According to Njiraini, a number of the affected officers will be arraigned in court this week to face various charges.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery warned cartels at the port that their days were numbered. The government further declared that all transit cargo will be cleared at the port but not at the Container Freight Stations which are mostly private owned.
Mombasa, a city on the Indian Ocean coast, is Kenya’s second-largest city, after the capital Nairobi, with an estimated population of 1.2 million people in 2014.
The port serves both Kenya and countries of the interior, linking them to the ocean.