Transport Cabinet Secretary (CS) Kipchumba Murkomen has appointed Captain William K. Ruto the Managing Director of the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA).
The KPA Managing Director position has been vacant for three years following the resignation of Daniel Manduku in March 2020 under a cloud of controversy.
"After a rigorous and intensive recruitment process, the Board of Directors has this morning (Friday, March 10) submitted a report and recommendation to my office for the appointment of Captain William Kipkemboi Ruto, having attained the highest aggregate score from the interview process," Murkomen said in a statement.
Capt. William Ruto holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) Strategic Management option from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).
He is an associate fellow of the Nautical Institute (AF-NI) and a member of the International Harbour Master's Association (UK), and has attained the highest qualification as a Ship Captain (Class 1 Master Mariner) from South Tyneside Marine College, UK.
Capt. Ruto is a seasoned mariner, having started his career in 1991 at KPA as a Cadet Marine Deck Officer before rising through the ranks to be a General Manager, Operations and later a Harbour Master.
Until his appointment, he was the General Manager of the Kisumu Port.
"It is my belief that his wealth of experience spanning 32 years will be instrumental in ensuring the Authority delivers on its mandate to the people of Kenya and continues to contribute towards the growth of the Kenyan economy. I congratulate the new Managing Director and assure him of the government's support in the management of the Kenya Ports Authority," said Murkomen.
Ruto's appointment was gazetted in Gazette Notice Number 3140 dated March 10, 2023.