Come Monday, it was the turn of the East African Community CS Mr Peter Munya. He is also said to have spent a lot of time at the port. It is not clear what role, if any, he had in the KPA sacking.
The conspicuous absence of the Transport Cabinet Secretary Mr James Macharia – although having received realtime daily reports from his PS Paul Maringa – was telling, to say the least.
Come Wednesday, a special board meeting which should have been chaired by nominated MP Mr Maina Kamanda’s son - Mr Michael Kamanda – only for the record – but sources say its PS Prof Maringa who chaired the meeting all through.
Government officers are not allowed, as per best practice and good governance, to chair such meetings even when all independent directors are absent.
Special board meetings normally have one agenda. If it is about sacking the MD, it cannot be done without a substantive chairman. A government director cannot chair such meeting.
The term of Mr Marsden Madoka, who was substantive KPA Chairman, ended in April, 2018.
Only 2 independent directors are left on the KPA board – Mr Michael Kamanda and Mr Valentine Mwakamba. The rest are representatives of Government – Kenya Railways, Ministry of Transport, Treasury and Solicitor General.
The special board meeting on Wednesday started at 11 am and ran until around 3.30 pm. It is said to have been acrimonious – with PS Maringa in a very foul mood. It was then that the MD and Corporation Secretary were asked to leave the meeting.
At around 4pm, the MD Ms Mturi-Wairi was called back to the boardroom. She was bluntly asked to resign or be fired. She reportedly asked for more time to consult. She was given 30 minutes. She reportedly left and didn’t return.