KPA MD Daniel Manduku resigns

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

The Kenya Ports Authority managing director Daniel Manduku has resigned weeks after being arrested and subsequently being released over the irregular award of a cargo storage tender at the Nairobi Inland Container depot.

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In a letter seen by Baraka FM dated the 26th of March, Manduku said his resignation would take effect on the 1st of June, however, he was proceeding on terminal leave till then.

“ I write to communicate formally a decision which I have reached after deep introspection and lengthy consultation,” Manduku writes in the letter addressed to the transport CS James Macharia.

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Manduku who had been arrested earlier this month was released after the prosecution failed to produce a charge sheet when he was arraigned at the Mlimani law courts.

Manduku had been arrested alongside the KRA customs commissioner Kevin Safari with the duo being questioned at the DCI headquarters along Kiambu road before being locked up at the Muthaiga police station.

In the saga whose investigations had been going on for 15 months, the duo had been also accused of conspiring to gazette the Inland Container Depot as a KPA facility even though it did not meet the requirements.

At the height of the investigations, Manduku had breathed a sigh of relief after a court in Mombasa blocked his arrest with an anticipatory bail of sh 500,000.

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Manduku becomes the second MD to resign from the position less than two years since taking over.

His predecessor Catherine Mturi Wairi resigned in July 2018 amidst ongoing investigations against her on incompetence and the theft of containers.

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