KAA starts search for chief executive officer

By: JAMES KARIUKI

The Kenya Airports Authority has advertised the position of a chief executive, seven months after its former boss Lucy Mbugua was removed from office over a Sh11million bus leasing scandal.

Declaring the position as vacant KAA’s board of directors expressed its wish to fill the position with all applicants expected to be subjected to a comprehensive interview and assessment session that will include psychometric assessment, which is a standard and scientific method used to measure individuals’ mental capabilities and behavioural style.

The hopeful applicants must also provide three referees who can speak of their competence, character and integrity as well as provide clearance certificates from Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Higher Education Loans Board (Helb), Kenya Police and a wealth declaration form.

The CEO will enjoy a three year term during which 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 allegation over contract provide shuttle bus services within the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at a monthly fee of Sh11 million per bus.

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

Speaking when he opened the JKIA’s Terminal Two, President Kenyatta said Kenyans expected public office holders to use public funds prudently to deliver services and ensure the investment brings in tangible returns that betters the lives of Kenyans.

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 company expressing its intention to sue for compensation for breach of contract.

Relief and Mission Logistics told Parliamentary Transport Committee chaired by Maina Kamanda, Starehe MP, that it planned to sue KAA for breach and was demanding Sh40.9 million as compensation.

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

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

SOURCE: DAILY NATION