PHOTOS: William K. Ruto officially takes over helm of KPA
Newly appointed Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) Managing Director William Kipkemboi Ruto reported for duty early Monday just days after he was appointed to the helm.
Mr Ruto was received by KPA chairman Benjamin Tayari and Mr John Mwangemi who was holding the MD position in acting capacity.
He is expected to address KPA staff later today.
Mr Ruto, who was the manager in charge of Kisumu Port before his appointment, will now be in charge of the country's key port facilities including Mombasa, Lamu, Kisumu and the Nairobi Inland Container Terminal among others.
Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen in a gazette notice appointed Capt. Ruto for the position to replace Dr Manduku who resigned in 2020.
"In exercise of powers conferred by section 5 (1) of KPA Act, the CS for Roads and Transport appoints Capt. William Ruto to be the managing director of KPA for a period of three years with effect from 10th March 2023," read the gazette notice signed by Mr Murkomen.
Mr Ruto joined KPA in 1991 as a senior marine pilot. He has served at sea as a deck officer on board a variety of vessel types, including tankers, container and general cargo vessels before finally taking command of a general cargo ship. He studied at South Tyneside College in the UK for a Higher National Diploma in Nautical Science and gained his class 1Master Mariner (Foreign Going).
Last month Mr Murkomen said he would name a new Managing Director after the position was advertised four times since 2021.