BY ALPHONCE SHIUNDU
enya Ports Authority managing di-rector Gichiri Ndua has been givena sack notice unless he improveseﬃciency at the Mombasa port.Transport and Infrastructure Secre-tary Michael Kamau yesterday said MrNdua would be sent home unless he canalso ﬁght corruption at the port, whichis the leading export and import pointfor Kenya and several other countries inEast Africa.The government has been keen to ex-pand the port as well as the Jomo KenyattaInternational Airport in Nairobi. Lastmonth, President Kenyatta ordered thetime taken to transport goods from theport to Malaba be reduced to ﬁve days.“We told the managing director thatwe have given you this authority; this isyour undated letter of sacking. Just go andput the date,” Mr Kamau told the SenateCommittee on Energy and Transport atthe Kenyatta International ConferenceCentre.The government wants cartels at theport and the airport purged to improveeﬃciency and pave the way for the expan-sion of these two key installations. According to Mr Kamau, the two insti-tutions were under a “tight strangleholdof the cartels”.“It is very important that we reclaim ourinstitutions,” he said. One way of achievingthis was by putting each of the institutionsunder a central command. All governmentoﬃcials at the port and at JKIA were madeanswerable to their respective managingdirectors. This, Mr Kamau said, had madeit possible for contraband to be detectedat the Port of Mombasa.“How come before we went to theport (with all these measures), there wasnobody that was being arrested? All of asudden, there are people being arrestedwith ivory and drugs,” he said. “The portused to operate without any central com-mand…the customs people used to comeat their own time, the Kenya Bureau of Standards inspectors also came at theirown time. Now, technically everyoneis answerable to their bosses; but theyadministratively answer to the MD of the KPA.”He added that there were 7,000 “redun-dant employees” at the port.If the government gets its way, a massivelayoﬀ could be in the oﬃng. According to Mr Kamau, police oﬃcers, baggage handlers and customs oﬃcialsworked in cahoots with criminals to frus-trate eﬃcient service provision at Kenya’smain airport. He said, for instance, thatalthough the airport had 500 police oﬃc-ers, it had failed to stop the rampant theftof passenger luggage.“We have to bring JKIA under centralcommand. The MD KAA will be the ﬁrstone to be sacked if things don’t change,”said Mr Kamau.Taita Taveta MP Danson Mwazo askedthe government to tighten the noose oncartels.
Gichiri Ndua has been given his ﬁring letter although with only the date left out
Port boss faces the sack if he failsto ﬁght graft and boost eﬃciency
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Left: KPA managing director Gichiri Ndua. Right: Transport and Infrastructure SecretaryMichael Kamau.
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January 16, 2013:
Kenya Revenue Authority oﬃcials seize aconsignment of ivory estimated to be worth Sh100 million at theport of Mombasa. The cargo was packed in a 20-foot containerand disguised as decorative stones destined for Indonesia.
A container with 1,478.4 kilos of ivory is intercepted atthe port. The ivory, stashed in 69 bundles of several polishedand hard, raw pieces had been disguised as sun dried ﬁsh mawsdestined for Malaysia.
A container full of ivory disguised as groundnuts seizedat the port. The ivory weighed 3287.21 kilos and was declared as240 bags of groundnuts. It was also headed for Malaysia.
3 consignments seized this year
KPA managingdirector toldto purgecartels toimproveeﬃciencyand pavethe way forpexpansionof the port
BY NATION REPORTER
Inspector-General of Police DavidKimaiyo has been ordered to producein court tomorrow two foreigners whowere arrested and detained at the JomoKenyatta International Airport twomonths ago.Lady Justice Lydia Achode directedMr Kimaiyo and the Commissionerof Prisons to produce Ms Susan Lee,a Thailand national, and her nephewDerick Van Den Berghe, a Belgian.Lawyer Rumba Kinuthia told Lady Justice Achode that customs oﬃcials atthe airport took away $500,000 (Sh43million) from the two before detainingthem in an undisclosed place.Mr Kinuthia and Mr Gisore Rich-ard Matwere said: “Eﬀorts to tracethe whereabouts of the two haveproved futile.”“The two foreigners called a friend,Mr Peter Waithaka Mwaura, and toldthem that they were being held at JKIA and that was the last time theycommunicated,” Mr Kinuthia toldthe judge. He said unless the policeand prisons bosses are compelled toproduce the foreigners anxiety overtheir whereabouts will reign.The judge certiﬁed the case urgentand directed Mr Kinuthia to serve theoﬃce of the Director of Public Prosecu-tions with the suit documents.Ms Lee, an employee of the UnitedNations based in Switzerland, used towork in Kenya before she relocated.Before leaving Kenya she had bought land in Thika to put up anorphanage.
Kimaiyo askedto produce twoseized at JKIA
Amount said to have been taken awayfrom two foreigners by customs oﬃ-cials at the airport
BY NATION REPORTER
Top judges of the AfricanCourt of Justice will visit Kenyanext week, at a time the AfricanUnion is pushing for it as analternative to the InternationalCriminal Court.The judges from the AfricanCourt on Human and Peoples’Rights will be on a three-daytour that will see them meetPresident Uhuru Kenyatta andother government members.
Take over ICC cases
Africa Union member statesare mulling over a proposalthat the court takes over fromthe International CriminalCourt in hearing cases of war crimes committed on thecontinent.President Kenyatta, hisdeputy William Ruto and jour-nalist Joshua Sang face trialslater this year at ICC for crimescommitted during the 2007post-election violence.In a statement sent to news-rooms yesterday the Court saidit was coming to Kenya on a“sensitisation mission.”During the visit scheduledfor July 15 to 17, the President of the Court, Lady Justice Sophia Akuﬀo will also meet Foreign Aﬀairs Secretary Amina Mo-hammed.“The objective of the mis-sion is to enhance humanrights protection in Kenyathrough raising awarenesson the Court, its functions,its jurisdiction and procedure before it.“The Court will also holddiscussions with various gov-ernment oﬃcials in Kenya, witha view to encouraging them toallow individuals and NGOs di-rect access to the Court,” saidthe statement.The oﬃcials will also paycourtesy calls on the Attor-ney-General, the Chief Justice,National Assembly and SenateSpeakers and the Chairpersonof the Kenya National Commis-sion on Human Rights.The oﬃcials will also seek tosensitise the public and poten-tial litigants on how to use it insettling human rights disputesor violations and inform themon how to access the Court.”
Senior African Court judges to meet Uhuru
Wednesday July 10, 2013