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William Ruto appointed new MD of Kenya Ports Authority

The Cabinet Secretary for Roads and Transport Kipchumba Murkomen has appointed Captain William Kipkemboi Ruto as the new Managing Director of the Kenya Ports Authority.

In a gazette notice dated March 10, 2023, the CS said Ruto would serve for a period of three years.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by section 5 (1) of the Kenya Ports Authority Act, the Cabinet Secretary for Roads and Transport appoints Capt. William K. Ruto to be the Managing Director of the Kenya Ports Authority, for a period of three (3) years, with effect from the 10th March, 2023,” read the notice.

Capt. William Ruto was the General Manager of the Kisumu Port until his appointment where among other other responsibilities, overseeing the operations at the container depot in Kisumu.

He is a seasoned mariner with a career spanning over 32 years with a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Strategic Management option from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

He started his career in 1991 at KPA as a Cadet Marine Deck Officer carrying out duties of helping in navigation and overseeing the loading and discharging of cargo for several ships plying international routes. He gained experience and competencies pertaining to marine operations before eventually rising through the ranks to be a General Manager, Operations and later a Harbour Master.

Besides the MBA degree, Captain Ruto attended the South Tyneside College in England for a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Nautical Science and gained his Master 1 Mariner. 

In addition, the KPA MD has done other short courses including a Port Security one at the University of Maryland (USA), and an IMO course on Port Management and Operations which gave him an edge in the process of picking an ideal candidate.  He is an associate fellow of the Nautical Institute (AF-NI) and a member of the International Harbour Master’s Association in the UK after having attained the highest qualification as a ship captain. 

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