KPA sackings long overdue

Thursday February 11 2016

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The crackdown at the Kenya Ports Authority that has seen top managers and senior police officers sacked is a strong signal from the government on its commitment to fighting corruption.

Graft has for long been endemic at Mombasa port, the main entry and exit for imports and exports for the country and its landlocked neighbours.

This port is just too important to be left under the control of cartels or corrupt individuals.

Those sacked may actually not have been directly involved in any of the underhand dealings, but must pay the price for the happenings under their watch.

In fact, this was long overdue, as they had failed to deliver on their mandate.

It is noteworthy that the decision was announced at a joint press conference by Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery, his Transport counterpart, Mr James Macharia, Kenya Revenue Authority Commissioner-General John Njiraini and Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet.

But the sacking of individuals is, hopefully, just a part of a comprehensive effort that will see key structural changes implemented.

Before a new team is appointed, the loopholes that enable a few to enrich themselves at the public expense, while hampering the efficient delivery of key public services, must be plugged through clear-cut reforms.