Cofek in fresh duty free shop case

By: PAUL OGEMBA

A consumer lobby has filed a fresh application challenging a lucrative deal between Kenya Airports Authority and a Swiss firm to run duty free shops at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

The Consumer Federation of Kenya (Cofek) argued that the contract between KAA and Dufry International Ltd was illegal and wants the court to suspend implementation of the concession agreement to manage the duty free shops.

“The contract was signed despite widespread irregularities in the bidding process and against the advice of several institutions. It is only fair that the court stops implementation of the agreement until the dispute is resolved,” said lawyer Francis Kakai.

RESERVATIONS

According to Cofek, the ministry of transport had raised reservations over the contract with Dufry International Ltd for exclusive rights to develop the duty free shops at JKIA but the concerns were disregarded by former KAA managing director Lucy Mbugua.

The lobby attached a letter by KAA chairman David Kimaiyo to Ms Mbugua in February 2015, in which he expressed dissatisfaction

SOURCE: DAILY NATION