Big tenders, one opened a day later, and the failure of Kenya Railways to attain "hasty" Presidential directives on Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) are to blame for the Wednesday night sacking of the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) of MD Catherine Mturi-Wairi.
Ms Mturi-Wairi has served KPA for more than 25 years having joined as intern, served as General Manager Finance for 8 years and now 2 years as MD.
Efforts to reach her for comment failed. Her phone went unanswered. She could not even respond to our text messages.
But multiple sources gave us various accounts of what transpired a week to the sacking as well as what transpired on the material day. It sounds like a choreographed script directed by Transport PS Prof Paul Maringa.
Prof Maringa was first to arrive on Thursday and spent many days and nights at the port.
This had followed the total collapse of the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) system countrywide. From the Times Tower to KPA, no one was spared.
When the KRA system failed, literally everything else stalled at the port. Panic spread far and wide.
Second to arrive was Industrialization CS Mr Adan Mohamed on Friday. He is said to have spent a lot of time at the port with his brother-in-law and influential businessman Faisal Abbas who runs Focus and Interpel CFS. Mr Mohammed is married to Abbas’ sister.
Interpel CFS handles containerized, motor vehicles and project cargo passing through the port for inland clearance.
On their website, Interpel boasts of “we are a one-stop clearance hub with all relevant Government Agencies stationed here to facilitate quick cargo clearance”. That cannot be any ordinary business and its’ influence on who runs KPA cannot be gainsaid.
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