Government keeps its promises of making the port a corruption-free one, sacking a good number of top officials at the Kenya Ports Authority and Kenya Revenue Authority in Mombasa.
It didn’t come as a surprise as some government officials removed the lid about the recent sack on Tuesday.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery, his Transport counterpart, Mr James Macharia, KRA Commissioner-General John Njiraini and Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet were officials who announced the plan to carry out a major cleansing activity on the port ahead of the recent sack.
They made this revelation in a joint press conference.
According to reports, the officers who were marched home 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.
Other ports officials dismissed were general manager for operations Twalib Khamisi, general manager for board and legal services Muthoni Gatere, general manager for corporate services Justis Nyarandi and head of security Mohamed Morowa.
Revenue authority commissioner of investigations Jonah Cheruiyot was transferred as the head of human resource while Ms Rachel Monyoncho was retired earlier.
The authority has also transferred more than 50 staff and top managers from the container freight stations.
Coast DCI Regional Commander Henry Ondieki has been transferred to Nairobi while Mombasa Port OCPD Zacheaous Ngeno was dismissed.
Maj-Gen (rtd) Nkaissery, Mr Macharia, Mr Njiraini and Mr Boinnet announced the drastic measures after a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta earlier in the morning at State House, Nairobi.
The transfer, suspension or sack of these high ranking officers at the Mombasa port ushers in a key change at the Kenya Ports Authority. The extensive change in Mombasa port as well as Kenya Ports Authority is brought about by overall mismanagement of fund through corruption and inefficiency in Cargo handling by the staff.
Njiraini, as well as several officers who are among the sacked, transferred or suspended will be charged in court this week to face different charges.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery dished out a stern warning to cartels at the port against corruption. He further warned that the corrupt ones will only succeed but for a while. The government explained that all transit cargo will be cleared at the port but not at the Container Freight Stations which are mostly private owned.