Airports agency seeks new boss

By: JAMES KARIUKI

The Kenya Airports Authority is seeking a new chief executive seven months after former Managing Director Lucy Mbugua was shown the door over a Sh11 million bus leasing scam.

Declaring the position as vacant, the authority’s board of directors expressed its wish to fill the position with applicants due to be subjected to a comprehensive interview.

There will also be an assessment that will include psychometric test, which is a standard and scientific method used to measure individuals’ mental capabilities and behavioural style.

Hopeful applicants must also provide three referees who can vouch for their competence, character and integrity as well as provide clearance certificates from the Kenya Revenue Authority, Higher Education Loans Board, Kenya Police Service and a wealth declaration forms.

Once appointed, a new chief executive will enjoy a three-year term during which one will drive KAA’s agenda of improving safety and security at all airports while setting in place more revenue streams.

Ms Mbugua and other senior officials left the authority on corruption allegations over a contract to provide shuttle bus services within the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at a monthly fee of Sh11 million per bus.

The contract, won by Relief and Mission Logistics Limited via an open tender, raised a furore with President Uhuru Kenyatta terming it outright theft of public funds and ordered a thorough probe into the matter.

CONTRACT CANCELLED

Speaking when he opened JKIA Terminal Two, Mr Kenyatta said Kenyans expected office holders to use public funds prudently to delivery services and ensure the investment brings in tangible returns that better the lives of citizens.

The Head of State’s condemnation saw the contract hastily cancelled prompting the company to open up a new assault front with the ‘outlawed’ bus firm expressing its intention to sue for compensation for breach of contract.

Relief and Mission Logistics told the Maina Kamanda- led Transport Parliamentary Committee that it planned to take action for breach of contract and was demanding Sh40.9 million as compensation.

The company said based on the agreement with KAA, it placed orders for five buses, each costing Sh45 million with a German manufacturer Cobus.

Interestingly, investigations into the scam by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and the Kamanda committee have all gone mute.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION