The Kenya Ports Authority managing director Catherine Mturi is under pressure as detectives from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission investigates an alleged irregular recruitment of hundreds of security officers.
EACC had on March 3 2017 written a letter to the MD requesting her to provide assorted copies of certified documents allegedly used in the irregular employment of the officers between 2015/16 and 2016/2017 financial years.
The letter reads in part “This commission is investigating alleged irregular recruitment of security officers. To facilitate our investigation, kindly provide us with certified copies of the following documents”.
Muturi who is just one year in office having been appointed by the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) board in July 2016 to replace Gichiri Ndua who was sacked over corruption related allegations is said to have distanced herself from the recruitment.
Sources however divulged that whereas she was not in office during the 2015/2016 recruitment, she was however the one in charge when the 2016/2017 recruitment exercise was conducted.
KPA sources said EACC listed eight different documents, which it asked the Kenya Ports Authority boss to provide to facilitate a probe into the alleged scam suspected to have taken place on diverse dates.
Among the documents required by EACC detectives include human resources management job description and specification for security officers, advertisement for posts of security officers, lists of all applicants, as well as shortlisted and successful candidates.
Also needed in the investigation include interviewing committee minutes and requisition for employment of security officers from the department.
EACC also requested the MD to avail minutes of the board of directors meeting approving the recruitment of security officers and a list of all employees in that department, their personal numbers and any other document that may assist in the investigations.
Panic is said to have gripped the Kenya Ports Authority, KPA top managers among them Amani Komora, general manager human resources and administration and Edward Kamau who is the general manager corporate services who was to place advertisement in press.
KPA board chairman Marsden Madoka is also said to be under investigations over the recruitment. Other board members are Fredrick Kipngetich, Valentimne Mwakamba, Hafswa Dele, Kennedy Ogeto, Michael Maina, Atanas Maina, Alex Mbuvi, Esther Koimett and Addraya Dena.