By: FELIX OLICK
_: THE Opposition has demanded a probe on Kenya Airways managers after its Sh25.7 billion loss and took a swipe at the Jubilee administration for the Sh67 billion unsupported expenditure.
ODM lawmakers led by Chairman John Mbadi termed the questionable government spending and the KQ loss as “unprecedented cases of impunity and corruption”.
“If the President is committed like he pretends to be, what has he done about the rot exposed by the Auditor General? What action is he taking?” the ODM MPs asked at a press conference after a meeting with Opposition Chief Raila Odinga.
On Thursday, the national carrier plunged into a record Sh25.7 billion loss – making it the highest loss-making company in East Africa.
Early in the week, AG Edward Ouko also gave President Uhuru Kenyatta fresh headache after exposing Sh66.7 billion suspicious expenditure by 17 ministries and departments.
Speaking at Raila’s Nairobi office yesterday, the ten ODM MPs claimed the steady losses was a scheme by a corrupt cartel to trigger strikes and mass exit of critical KQ staff as an excuse for takeover of the airline.
Suna East MP Junet Mohammed said the cartel was determined to bring KQ to its knees and then buy it off.
“Why has every single share of KQ lately been bought by one or two people. Who are these people and why are they so interested in the shares when the company is going down? What is the end game in the KQ problems?” Mbadi asked.
The MPs allied to the Cord Coalition said KQ board of directors must be investigated for culpability- discrediting their latest decisions including alleged leasing of planes through third parties.
“Kenyans must be told the names of the third parties involved in the leasing of the aircrafts and why the airline was not doing this directly. What is KQ paying for the engines and airframes leases? Who are we paying? Who do the suspense accounts at Afro Exim bank belongs to?” they asked.
The legislators also claimed that top KQ managers and high profile government officials pocketed millions of shillings from cuts in the buying of aircrafts.
They questioned why the national carrier was outsourcing everything including those that it allegedly owned at one time such as ground equipment.
“Who are the owners of CDL, the staffing company contracted by KQ to employ the airlines ground and cabin crew staff?…We want to know the owners of companies like Twiga, Amboseli, Jetsspace and Samburu which owns the aircraft Kenya Airways operates,” they demanded
The MPs also turned the heat on audit firm, KPMG, claiming it was part of a cover up conspiracy to uncover the rot at KQ.
Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi said KQ enjoys monopoly locally and a lifestyle audit of its past and current managers must begin.