Kwale MCAs sensitized on Shimoni and other KPA projects

Mombasa – September 20, 2019

The Authority held a one-day workshop for Members of the County Assembly of Kwale at a Mombasa hotel on Tuesday to appraise them on the development progress of Shimoni Port and all other KPA ongoing projects.

KPA Managing Director Dr. Arch. Daniel Manduku said as lawmakers the MCAs’ input was key in enriching the development projects.

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A section of the MCAs following proceedings of the meeting.

In remarks delivered on his behalf by the General Manager Corporate Services Mr. Edward Kamau, the MD told the meeting that Shimoni Port is one of the key development projects in the Authority’s 30 -year Master Plan. He said the projects aim at improving Kenya’s marine competitiveness as an investment hub.

“We prioritized the development of Shimoni after discovering it had biggest viability in terms of being a fishing port. As we undertake the projects your direct or indirect support will be highly appreciated,” the MD added.

The Hon. Members led by the Speaker Hon. Sammy Ruwa thanked KPA for recognizing them as key stakeholders and pledged to support the implementation of the projects.

KPA General Managers Captain William Ruto (Operations and Harbour Master) and Eng. Vincent Sidai (Infrastructure Development) were also present at the meeting.

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General Manager Corporate Services Mr. Edward Kamau (L) and the General Manager Operations and Harbour Master Captain William Ruto sharing information during the meeting.

The MCAs listened keenly to the presentations by the KPA Head of Corporate Development and Strategy Mr. Martin Mutuku who explained to them that the focus on the development of Shimoni Port will be on fishing port and conventional cargo.

“The objectives of Shimoni Port are; contribute to the development of rural communities, to create additional employment opportunities, to create entrepreneurial opportunities, to improve living standards of citizens and to improve Kenya’s competitiveness as a maritime logistics hub,” said Mr. Mutuku.

Kwale Speaker Sammy Ruwa thanked the KPA management for giving the MCAs an opportunity to offer their input on projects.

“We are ready to work with you to ensure that the Shimoni Port and the Dongo Kundu Special Economic Zones projects are implemented. We have heard you and we will really appreciate to have those presentations so that our Committee on Transport can go through before we can come back to you later for a Memorandum of Understanding. Once we do the MOU we are looking forward for further engagements in future,” he said.

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Kwale County Assembly Speaker Hon. Sammy Ruwa speaking during the meeting.

MCAs who spoke were equally grateful that the Authority had extended an invitation to them on matters development.

“We really want to thank KPA which has for the first time invited and talked to us. Thanks to the current Managing Director Dr. Manduku who has recognized and identified us as key stakeholders. We appreciate the invitation and are humbled as an institution,” said Hon. Anthony Yama, MCA for Kasemeni Ward.

Elsewhere in Kwale, the Shimoni Port Project Implementation Team on Thursday resolved to construct a new jetty for fish landing to avoid disrupting commercial activities at the existing old jetty.

The team made the resolution during a meeting on the preparations for the construction of the Shimoni fishing port chaired by Kwale County Commissioner Mr. Karuku Ngumo.

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KPA's  Acting Head of Projects Development and Management Mr. William Tenay briefing the team led by Kwale County Commissioner Mr. Karuku Ngumo (in white checked shirt) on the requirements for construction of the new jetty.

A Director at the Presidential Delivery Unit (PDU) Mr. Eliud Lelerai who attended the meeting urged the team to come up with a delivery chain of the project with various components and sub-components and identify the bottlenecks likely to occur for each of the drivers.

The KPA team was led by Acting Head of Projects Development and Management Mr. William Tenay.