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Mombasa port cartels in panic as Murkomen cracks whip – Weekly Citizen

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Tax evaders and other tenderprenuers at the port of Mombasa are in panic following the commencement of investigation with the aim of dismantling entrenched cartels.

W e l l – c o n n e c t e d businessmen are controlling the Kenya Ports Authority procurement department and are the ones who call shots and determine who wins which tender.

Port officials in the procurement department are reportedly powerless and receive instructions from outside the official chain on tender issues.

Some of the cartels are occupying KPA berths without paying any coin or tax to the government, yet they are making billions of shillings from the berths, sources divulged.

New Transport CS Kipchumba  Murkomen is reportedly waiting for the outcome of the information he requested before he strikes on the cartels.

Murkomen

PA acting MD John Mwangemi is a target for removal as reports claim he had been compromised and that even after he had been directed to submit a detailed report on irregular privatisation of KPA sections when the Ruto administration came to power, he allegedly withheld some crucial information.

Murkomen is the president William Ruto’s blue-eyed boy in his cabinet.

Mwangemi, a former ambassador, was picked by former Treasury CS Ukur Yattani to act as the MD awaiting the recruitment of a substantive managing director at the port but the recruitment was later suspended indefinitely.

Sources say Murkomen has since directed the KPA board of directors to advertise and commence the process of recruiting a new KPA MD to take over from Mwangemi.

Mwangemi

The CS also wants KPA board to revert to the old management structure, and reduce the number of general managers.

The Public Service Commission has distanced itself from the new management structure saying KPA erred by coming up with a new structure without involving it.

The matter has also landed in the Labour and Employment Court that is yet to be determined.



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