Kenya Ferry Services

Unease as Kenya Ports Authority Plans Takeover of Kenya Ferry Services Operations

The Kenya Ports Authority is in the process of taking over Kenya Ferry Services (KFS) operations.

In a report by the Nation, talks for the dissolution of the agency have been on and culminated in a meeting that happened last week between Transport PS Solomon Kitungu and the KFS management.

In the meeting, PS Solomon Kitungu met the management’s top officials and board members who were informed that the agency will be taken over by KPA.

“The PS was here to inform the directors of the dissolution. There will be no board or top management of the parastatal (KFS). That is what the meeting was about,” a government official privy to the talks told the Nation.

Sources further intimated to the newspaper that business transactions for the ferry services will now be done by KPA when talks are completed, with leadership of the Transport ministry set to brief President Uhuru Kenyatta on the development.

The takeover is set to be done immediately when talks with the Head of State are done.

KPA board chairman Joseph Kibwana, however, said they are yet to receive official communication of the takeover.

“If it is to happen, we will receive an official communication, but we are yet to,” Mr Kibwana told the Nation on phone.

Part of the plans includes the operations and engineering departments remaining under the KFS with the others, including the finance and procurement, solely put under KPA.

“The main business transactions will be done by KPA in the new set up which is in its final stages,” another official told Nation.



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