Mombasa Port 124 Containers worth 106 Million mysteriously disappear from port despite 500 CCTV cameras

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The two accused claim that they were in court as sacrificial lambs

play Containers at the Mombasa Port. 124 Containers worth 106 Million disappear from port despite 500 CCTV cameras (Courtesy)

Despite having over 500 CCTV cameras manning the port, over 100 containers mysteriously disappeared from right under the noses of Kenya Ports Authority officials.

Not surprisingly, the two top ICT managers have denied any involvement in the loss running into Sh106 Million.

Head of ICT Fatma Nabhany and KPA Principal IT officer Eda Mwake Ngwatu are accused of failing to deactivate the password of Florence Langat from the Kilindini Waterfront Automated Terminal Operation System KWATOS on diverse dates between May 1 2016 and August 3 2016.

Password

Ostensibly, Florence's password and user account remained active even after she retired from the port.

The prosecution alleges that Fatma and Eda, being public officers employed by KPA and charged with the responsibility of managing the passwords for the KWATOS failed to de-activate the password of Langat.

The two who are charged together with 29 other junior staff from KPA and KRA denied any involvement in the fraud and said they had no part in the release of the containers from the port.
 

Resignation

Langat who was working at KPA is accused of using her password to release the containers despite her resignation from the Port in 2016 long before the containers were stolen. She is yet to be arraigned in court.

The two through their lawyer Kevin Anami said that they were in court as sacrificial lambs yet the main culprits who had released the containers were known.

"Could it be that because the rest of all the other 29 accused are juniors you decided to charge the two who are ICT managers of KRA and KPA as sacrificial lambs," said Anami.

The managers said they did not input any data into the KRA electronic Simba System or the KWATOS System to manipulate the system.
 

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