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Change of guard at the Coast Development Authority

Coast Development Authority (CDA) outgoing MD, Dr Mohamed Keinan Hassan exchanging documents with CDA's newly appointed acting MD, Pamela Ngure upon his retirement, at CDA Hqs Mombasa.

The Coast Development Authority (CDA) Board of Directors and Employees Wednesday bade goodbye to the outgoing Managing Director (MD) Dr Mohamed Keinan after an eight-year stint.

CDA Chairman Mzee Mwinyi said the board unanimously appointed Pamela Ngure, Director of Corporate Services as the Acting MD.

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The Chairman said the position needs a bold, resilient and a tough person as it comes with its own challenges especially on decision making.

He lauded Dr. Keinan leadership for transforming and impacting the lives of the employees and the public.

The Chairman urged employees to sensitize coast region leaders and residents about CDA and its impact on their livelihoods.

“All the good projects that have been done, we need them to be visible,” he said, adding that Regional Development Authorities (RDAs) are the implementers of the Bottom-up Economic Transformation Agenda (BETA).

The Incoming MD Pamela Ngure promised to build on the success of her predecessor to steer the authority to greater heights.

Dr.  Geoffrey Rono, Manager Directorate of Corporate Services termed Dr Keinan as determined, focused, resilient, risk taker and a progressive MD in the history of CDA.

“He took CDA in an ‘ICU bed’ it was well known in the ministry. I could imagine how much he could do to rescue CDA. You can attest that CDA has moved from where it wasn’t supposed to be to where it is,” said Dr Rono.

Dr Keinan put in place human resource instruments for career progression, a medical cover, and employees are now assured of pension.

“Today, you’re lucky you can leave CDA and within one month you have your pension dues. It is not easy in the government cycles. If you’re in the mainstream government you’ll spend a fortune to look for your pension,” he added, urging employees not to negate the achievements.

On his part, Dr. Keinan thanked CDA employees for their support during his eight years at the helm of CDA.

To achieve progress Dr Keinan advises the incoming Manager to always look for relevant stakeholders, to attract, hire and retain competent team and strategies for resource mobilization.

“Let meritocracy guide this institution. Let the best be given positions on merit. The moment you’re going to introduce some ‘panya movements’ it will not achieve the desired goal,” said Dr. Keinan.

Dr Keinan urged the incoming Manager to make pragmatic decision by incorporating the opinions of other stakeholders and not to be rigid. “The person taking over needs to ride on the successes that we have achieved,” he said.




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