Captain Ruto officially takes over as KPA MD

KPA MD Captain William Ruto with outgoing Ag. MD Ambassador John Mwangemi./COURTESY

Captain William Kipkemboi Ruto has officially taken over the reins at the Kenya Ports Authority.

Captain Ruto who was appointed as KPA Managing Director on Friday 10th March took over official duties at the port on Monday.

The mariner with 32 years of experience took over from his predecessor Ag. MD Ambassador John Mwangemi with a promise to spearhead efforts to transform the Port of Mombasa & other port facilities into true regional economic hubs.

He said he will be open to working with stakeholders to better KPA fortunes.

Also read: Capt Ruto’s 32 yrs experience a plus to KPA, say stakeholders

Captain Ruto takes over as MD following the resignation of Daniel Manduku in March 2020.

KPA staff celebrate as they welcome new MD Captain William Kipkemboi Ruto./COURTESY

He was appointed by Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen on Friday after a recruitment exercise carried out by the KPA Board that saw at least 75 people apply for the position of MD.

“After a rigorous and intensive process, the Board of directors has this morning submitted a report and recommendation to my office for the appointment of Captain William Kipkemboi Ruto, having attained the highest aggregate score from the interview process,” read a statement from CS Murkomen.

“Pursuant to and in accordance with the powers conferred to me under Section 5(1) of the Kenya Ports Authority, Cap 391, and further in consultation with the Board of Directors, I have this morning appointed Captain William Kipkemboi Ruto as the Managing Director of the Kenya Ports Authority for a period of three (3) years effective immediately,” the statement continued to read.

KPA Board Chairman Benjamin Tayari flanked by outgoing KPA Ag. MD Ambassador John Mwangemi./COURTESY

Captain Ruto started his career at KPA in 1991 as a Cadet Marine Desk Officer before rising through the ranks to General Operations Manager. Until his appointment, he was the General Manager of the Kisumu Port.

“It is my belief that his wealth experience spanning 32 years will be instrumental in ensuring the Authority delivers on its mandate to the people of Kenya and continues towards the growth of the Kenyan economy,” said Murkomen in his statement.