Deloitte Consulting will today start looking for a permanent replacement to lead the Kenya Port Authority (KPA).
The Executive Director of KPA Daniel Manduku is expected to meet a panel of experts tomorrow to defend his performance at the port.
Mombasa Port records load growth
Dr Manduku was reimbursed for Catherine Mturi-Wairi, who was killed six months ago after congestion at the Mombasa port.
Manduku was originally on a three-month service, starting on May 30, but the period was extended later to November 1st.
The standard has learned that Deloitte Consulting has listed several candidates, including current and former managers who applied for the job before November 16th.
KPA Board of Directors under Gen (Rtd) Joseph Kibwana chose to rent by Harbor Chief instead of confirming Manduku.
Political leaders and KPA workers have raised concerns about alleged commercial and political interests and warn that the process will be over the board.
Others who have applied for the best job are former Director General Operations Sudi Mwasinago. Mr. Mwasinago was deployed to Kisumu early this year and is expected to meet the panel today.
Then, Joseph Atonga recently retired as KPA's chief of technical services, and formerly conventional freight service Evalyne Chibule.
Dockers Union Secretary General Simon Sang said the trade union preferred Manduku because he increased port performance, including raising load balancing via standard rail gauge.
Mr Sang said that Manduku also facilitated swift negotiations on a collective agreement that raised wages for the lowest paid workers by 16 percent and the highest paid by 10 percent.
Manduku was the former Director General of the National Construction Authority. In 2016 he successfully applied to the port's top job.
Meanwhile, figures from a KPA report show that the number of containers at the Inland Container Depot (ICD) has dropped to 5,138 from more than 10,270 TEU (equivalent to twenty-four) registered in September.
TEU is used to describe a ship's cargo capacity, or a freight terminal's cargo handling capacity.
Transport at the port has also recorded an increase of 40 percent from 56,740 TEU in January to September last year to 79,510 TEU in the same period of this year.
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Three weeks ago MSC Maxine made her the maiden at the gate. She has a capacity of 9,411 TEU and is one of the largest container ships ever in Mombasa.
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