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Recruitment of new maritime boss runs into fresh headwinds

Murimi Mutiga @murimimutiga

Controversy over the recruitment of Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA) director general has deepened with candidates who applied for the position asking government to disband the agency’s board.

It has also emerged that Transport Principal Secretary Paul Maringa had also asked the board to halt the exercise because there was no substantive chairman after resignation of Mwalimu Degore.

In a letter dated November 15, 2017, Maringa further said the board failed to inform Cabinet Secretary of the restart of the recruitment process after it had earlier been stopped by court as required by section 11 of KMA CAP 389 Laws of Kenya. In spite of this, KMA advertised for the position on December 12, and shortlisted eight candidates.

The interviews for the job were, however, temporarily stopped by Mombasa High Court Judge Eric Ogola last week following an application by the Commission for Human Rights and Justice which had sought leave to commence judicial review proceedings against the government agency. The interviews were to start on Tuesday and end today.

This is the fourth time KMA has unsuccessfully attempted to fill the position which has remained without a substantive head with Cosmas Cherop still in acting capacity for over two years.

Some of the candidates who had applied for the position but were not shortlisted said yesterday that the board is incompetent and the President should reconstitute it.

“Every time the board advertises for the position of director general, it is always in contravention of the law. Is it by design or by default. We are reading a ploy by the board to have KMA remain without a substantive head for their personal interest,� claimed one of the applicants who requested to remain anonymous.

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