Daniel Manduku takes over as KPA MD as High Court lifts sack order

KPA MD Daniel Manduku who is to be charged over paying sh 244 million to a contractor for works not completed PHOTO: file

Mombasa, KENYA: A Mombasa court on Tuesday directed Mr. Daniel Manduku to assume the responsibilities of the Managing Director of Kenya Ports Authority after the resignation Catherine Mturi.

This comes after the High Court lifted orders it had issued suspending a decision to send former Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) managing director Catherine Mturi-Wairi on compulsory leave.

Justice Eric Ogola set aside the orders following the withdrawal of the application by the petitioner.

This follows an application filed by a Mombasa based activist Emmanuel Chengo seeking the court to withdraw orders issued last week.

Mr.Chengo through his lawyer argued that following the resignation of Ms. Mturi-Wairi, the application had been overtaken by events. However, he said the petition challenging the process to send the former MD on leave remains.

Justice Erick Ogola directed Mr.Manduku to act as the MD pending the hearing and determination of the petition seeking the court not to allow the KPA board to advertise and recruit another MD.

Earlier, Mr. Chengo had requested the court to bar Ms.Mturi from going for compulsory leave.

KPA board had asked Ms. Mturi to go for a compulsory leave and appointed Mr.Manduku to act as MD for two months.

Ms. Mturi resigned as the MD on Saturday.