Manduku confirmed to position of Managing Director KPA

Mombasa – December 3,2018

The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) Board has congratulated Dr. Arch. Daniel Manduku following his confirmation for the position of Managing Director.

KPA Board Chairman Gen. (Rtd) Joseph Kibwana on Monday formally introduced the Managing Director to the Executive Committee (EXCOM) in a special meeting held at the boardroom.

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KPA Managing Director Dr. Arch. Daniel Manduku

The Chairman congratulated Dr. Manduku for emerging top out of the interviewees noting that the post had attracted 60 applicants out of which 14 had been shortlisted.

He likened the KPA Managing Director with the Captain of a vessel who requires the support of his crew to steer the ship successfully.  Both the Chairman and the Managing Director later conducted an impromptu tour of key Port facilities starting with the two Container terminals, the Standard Gauge Railway marshaling yard, Conventional cargo terminal, ongoing construction of the cruise terminal, Dockyard, new service area and electrical workshops.

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KPA Chairman  Gen. (Rtd) Joseph R Kibwana congratulates Dr. Arch. Daniel Manduku following his confirmation as the  KPA Managing Director. Looking on are, from right  General Manager Engineering Services Eng.Rashid Salim, General Manager Corporate Services Mr.Edward Kamau, General Manager Board and Legal Services Ms.Addraya Dena and Ag. General Manager Infrastructure Development Eng. Alfred Masha.

Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works Cabinet Secretary Mr. James Macharia announced Dr. Arch. Daniel Manduku's confirmation to the position of Managing Director, Kenya Ports Authority on Thursday last week.

The CS said the appointment of Dr. Manduku which took effect as from November 30,2018 came after a rigorous exercise undertaken by the KPA Board of Directors to recruit a managing director.

In order to attract persons with sound background, relevant skills and experience to manage KPA efficiently and effectively, the Authority appointed Deloitte Consulting Limited to conduct a search for the Managing Director through a competitive process.

 "Consequently, following the submission of a shortlist of three candidates by the Board of Directors, and in accordance with section 5 (1) of the KPA Act Chapter 391 of the Laws of Kenya, I have appointed Dr. Arch. Daniel Ogwoka Manduku as the Managing Director of the Kenya Ports Authority with effect from 30th November, 2018," said Mr. Macharia in a statement.

Manduku who had served the Authority in an acting capacity from May 31,2018 following the exit of Ms. Catherine Mturi-Wairi, now becomes the Authority's 14th MD since KPA was established in 1978.

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Head of Container Operations Mr. Edward Opiyo briefs the Chairman  Gen. (Rtd) Joseph Kibwana (second left) and the Managing Director  Dr. Arch. Daniel Manduku (extreme right) on on-going ship operations at Berth No.17.

He is a registered professional with the Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyor (BORAQS), a corporate member of the Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) and the Institute of Construction Project Managers of Kenya (ICPMK).

He is a holder of a Doctorate in Business Administration/ Leadership from the United States International University (USIU), a Master's Degree in Business Administration from USIU, a Bachelor of Architecture Degree (Hons) from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology (JKUAT).

Besides the MD has undertaken training in Corporate Governance from the Centre of Corporate Governance -Kenya as well as Strategic Leadership and Management training from the Columbia Business School in New York among other local and international management courses. 

Prior to joining KPA, Dr. Manduku had served at the National Construction Authority (NCA) as Executive Director and Registrar of Contractors for six years.

"As the first officer to hold that position, I oversaw the recruitment of Authority staff, establishment of 24 regional offices, the passing of the National Construction Authority Regulations as well as the development of professional registers for contractors, construction workers and projects among other key achievements," says the architect.

His work experience in management totals over 17 years, 11 of which he served as a managing director of a private architectural firm.

At this firm, Manduku who is an alumni of Alliance Boys High School oversaw the conception, design, construction supervision and project management of projects ranging from private residential dwellings to large commercial, industrial and institutional building for clients such as the Governments of Kenya and Rwanda.

Record performances witnessed at the Port of Mombasa

Under his leadership at the helm of the Kenya Ports Authority, the Port of Mombasa this year registered four record performances the latest being in November whereby container carrier MV Ever Diamond recorded 1523 moves within an eight-hour shift.

The vessel equally recorded an average of 190 gross moves per hour inching closer to 200 moves per hour which is associated with top global ports.

This new record by the Panama flagged vessel came barely three weeks after another vessel MSC Maxine hit a record 1450 moves within an eight-hour shift.

Manduku is also credited for ensuring steady improvement in cargo clearance and ship performance at the Port of Mombasa with the number of containers sitting at the Port significantly reducing from an all-time high of 22,500 TEUs to 13,000 TEUs.

Similarly, at the Inland Container Depot Nairobi (ICDN), Manduku and his management team have worked round the clock to decongest the facility. Container population has drastically dropped from 12000 TEUs to an average of 7000 TEUs.

As he settles in office, the MD has the support of the KPA workforce following his commitment in addressing the welfare of the employees. For example, the speedy conclusion of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) process for unionisable employees which culminated in the registration of the CBA for the period 2018-2019 at the Employment and Labour Relations Court in Nairobi on 19th July 2018.

In addition, the Authority has created a positive working environment and initiated a reward system to motivate employees and this has boost morale among the employees resulting to breaking of record Performances at the Port of Mombasa.