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Likoni MP wants Coast considered on port top job

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Likoni Member of Parliament Mishi Mboko wants the government to consider Coast applicants for Mombasa port Managing Director job.

Mboko said the Coast region has qualified people who can fit the port Managing Director position.

According to the Likoni MP, since the facility is based in the Coast region it will be honourable for the Coastal people to given the first priority.

The Lawmaker said Coast people have been sidelined in various government plumb jobs and they need to be considered and involved.

“Now that Baba (ODM Leader Raila Odinga) is close to President Uhuru Kenyatta, the two should discuss in-depth the Coast economic issues,” said Ms Mboko.

According to the Legislature, Coastal people who managed the port among the Abdallah Mwarua left the largest facility clean without any corrupt deals.

She stressed out on the need for Coast consideration whenever government announces vacancies.

“I humbly ask Raila Odinga to foreground Coastal issues whenever he is in deliberation with President Uhuru Kenyatta on critical national matters,” she reiterated.

Mboko’s sentiments comes amid wrangles over reorganisation of the Mombasa port.

The government plans to merge port operations with those of the Kenya pipeline cooperation and the Standard Gauge Railway, a deal that has erupted heated debate among Coast dwellers.

The facility is currently managed by Engineer Rashid Salim after the exit of Daniel Manduku.

Manduku is currently facing corruption charges for allegedly flouting procurement rules while undertaking various projects at the port.

Early June, Mr. Manduku resigned as Mombasa port Managing Director.