Promotion and employment scams have rocked the Kenya Ports Authority in the wake of reports of nepotism and ethnicity taking centrestage at the Mombasa-based state corporation.
Operations at KPA have degenerated to a point where recruitment and promotions are not considered on merit but are determined by an individual’s ethnic background, with Mombasa natives said to be enjoying top priority against their counterparts from outside the port city commonly referred to as Wanabara.
Accusing fingers are being pointed at a top officer at the institution said to be behind the woes of many employees considered outsiders given her malicious style of operation.
Connie Mcharo who heads the promotions docket has been roundly accused of ever plotting the downfall of her junior colleagues through malicious allegations whenever she appears to report before the board.
Her deals are said to be shrouded in darkness that she would go to an extent of replacing a genuine certificate with a fake one whenever any individual not in her favoured list has been earmarked for a promotion.
Through her shadowy dealing, Mcharo once ensured that a Mr Oyugi who is embroiled in court cases, was promoted as head of audit while Georgina Efire, who had been at the audit department was blocked.
This nepotism laden style of management at the port also saw one Linda, who hails from the Coast, get promotion as head of recruitment and training.
At the same time, Boaz Ouko was replaced by Irine Mbogo as head of personnel despite the fact that Mbogo’s name was not on the shortlist in the first place.
By virtue of her position as head of recruitment and training, Linda is said to have embarked on questionable activities that have seen her raking in millions of shillings that go directly to her personal bank accounts.
Sources indicate that Linda has placed her agents in strategic places including Bandari College. It is said before she makes any approvals, one has to part with a bribe ranging between Sh300,000 to Sh500,000.
She is the same woman who heavily contributed to Ouko’s troubles at the port culminating in his demotion.
Staff at the KPA have however called for immediate action against the woman through an overhaul that would see all those top positions being manned in acting capacities substantively filled