March, 8th, 2021 Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani, has rejected a final list of 3 shortlisted candidates, for the Kenya Ports Authority managing Director position. According to Yatani, all 3 candidates scored below the desired threshold of 70% in the interview.
The KPA board led by the chairperson General (Rtd) Joseph Kibwana, interviewed 6 candidates last week, and submitted 3 names to Yatani from which he was to pick one.
In dissatisfaction, the CS wrote back to Kibwana “I have reviewed the list of the names, scores, and ranking of the candidates proposed for the appointment as Managing Director, Kenya Ports Authority, and note that all the candidates scored below the desired threshold of 70 percent in the interview.”
In a gazette notice, KPA says it is seeking to recruit an individual with a high degree of integrity and professionalism, impeccable administrative capabilities, and strategic orientation.
Yatani supervises the Industrial and Commercial Development Corporation (ICDC) a mega State agency which now oversees the operations of KPA, Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC) and Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC).
A fresh recruitment for the MD is to be undertaken and concluded within 45 days from the date of his letter dated March 2.
The advertisement of the job was first made public on 7 April 2020, to replace former MD Daniel Manduku, but was later suspended following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Manduku resigned from the state agency after facing graft allegations for some time.