Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has asked the new Kenya Ports Authority Board management to transform the Mombasa Port to attract more business.
Addressing French business community members who visited the port on March 20, 2023, Mr Gachagua said the facility must reclaim its glory as the leading logistics hub in East Africa.
Early this year, President William Ruto reconstituted the Kenya Ports Authority board of management appointing Benjamin Tayari as the Chairman and directors Mr Lucas Maitha, Dr. Consolata Lusweti, Mr Musa Osman, Mr Emmanuel Kibet and Ms Caroline Njoki.
In March, he appointed Captain William Kipkemboi Ruto as the Managing Director. Mr Gachagua congratulated the new Managing Director on his appointment and asked him to work with the board of directors in improving service delivery at the port, which is the busiest in East Africa.
“Captain Ruto has a track record. That is why his appointment has been widely received by many stakeholders,” the Deputy President said.
He added: “Make this port the destination of choice in Africa. We will support you in making any adjustments because we need improved the efficiency and volumes to create more jobs.”
Mr Gachagua said the President Ruto-led Administration is keen on public and private investments, therefore, it is ready to work with the new management in enhancing public private partnership to expand the Mombasa and the Lamu ports moreso in infrastructure for a fully operation logistics hub in Eastern Africa region.
Mr Gachagua said the government is progressively improving the transport and other logistics facilities for better hinterland linkages.