The board of directors at the Kenya Ferry Services (KFS) is eyeing expansion of its vital ferry services to cover the Lamu archipelago and Kisumu Port after the confirmation of its new Managing Director. The new MD, Mr Bakari Gowa has been steering the company from January 6th 2016 in an acting capacity after the sacking of his former boss Musa Hassan. Mr Hassan was sacked for alleged persistent hitches that affected the quality of services offered by the ferry services provider. Untill his elevation Mr. Bakari was the Finance manager of KFS.
Kenya Ferry Services was established in 1989 by the Government and has played a pivotal role in linking the island to the mainland south of Mombasa. Unlike the northern side of Mombasa that is linked by bridges at Nyali, Mtwapa Kilifi and Sabaki the south coast depends solely on the ferries
In his to in tray Mr Bakari has to deal with the plans to restore KFS operations to Mtongwe, acquire new ferries and restore old ones. The ferry services across Mtongwe channel was discontinued in 2010 after breakdown of landing infrastructure and two years later, two ferries – MV Mvita and MV Pwani, which used to serve the area were decommissioned. Mtongwe operations will resume once ongoing repairs and dry dock maintenance of all ferries is completed.
Besides these, the board of directors through their chairman Mr Ramadhan Kajembe say that they are a national entity with a national mandate, hence the need to explore and have a presence in areas outside Mombasa.