Arrest could lock Mkare out of KPA’s top job

Arnold MkareKilifi County Secretary Arnold Mkare displaying a letter from EACC in his office after his release

The arrest of Kilifi county secretary Arnold Mkare by EACC detectives on Wednesday has thrown into jeopardy his ambitions to take the leadership of the Kenya Ports Authority.

A close ally to Mkare told Jumuiya News that the arrest soiled his integrity which he has selflessly guarded for the over 25 years he had served in the public service.

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“The CS has applied for the job and he is best suited. Our worry now is his arrest. It can be a challenge for him to get the job when he is facing charges,” said the ally in confidence.

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Mkare was arrested alongside other four county officials for failing to share crucial documents with the EACC to aid in the investigation of suspected financial irregularities in the construction and equipping of the Kilifi Medical complex which has since been converted to a covid-19 isolation and treatment centre.

Speaking after securing his release, The CS said his arrest was misplaced as he is not an accounting officer.

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“My office has no single file. My work is to communicate and send correspondences to the departments. When I received the letter from the EACC I actioned the relevant departments to act on it as is always the norm,” said Mkare

On April 9, KPA advertised a vacancy for the position of the Managing director after the resignation of Daniel Manduku.

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