In Summary
  • Mr Kimaiyo went home with a parting shot — that corruption at the agency has delayed the appointment of KAA MD.
  • Previously, he had attributed the delays to a quorum hitch.

  • President Uhuru Kenyatta, through a gazette notice on Friday, revoked Mr Kimaiyo’s appointment ahead of the Tuesday interviews.

Intrigues at the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) continued to play out with the revocation of chairman David Kimaiyo’s appointment just a few days to the scheduled interview for the parastatal’s managing director position.

Mr Kimaiyo was replaced by former head of Kenya Defence Forces Julius Karangi, whose “wealth of experience in security matters will bring a sense of confidence in the safety of Kenya’s airports,” according to acting managing director Yatich Kangugo.

“Mr Karangi’s attributes on security management will play an important role in securing our airports, which is a key requirement in our quest to achieve direct flights to the US,” said Mr Kangungo.

Mr Kimaiyo went home with a parting shot — the authority stinks to the skies in terms of corruption, which he says has delayed the appointment of the chief executive.

Previously, he attributed the delays to a quorum hitch.

“It is an open secret that the process of appointing a new head of the airport has been marred by a lot of interference from senior government officials and directors of the board,” he said.

“There has been intense lobbying by people who want to ensure that they put in place their right-hand man in order to cut lucrative deals at the airport,” said the former police boss.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, through a gazette notice on Friday, revoked Mr Kimaiyo’s appointment ahead of the Tuesday interviews.

This came just a week after the reversal of the terms of three directors before the end of their tenures.

Speaking to Sunday Nation, Mr Kimaiyo, whose term of office was to end in six months, said it was the prerogative of the appointing authority to determine when to revoke an appointment.

“I did not appoint myself to the office. I was appointed, and it is incumbent upon the appointing authority to tell when to revoke my appointment,” he said.

Though Mr Kimaiyo did not directly link his dismissal to his stand on the process of appointing a new managing director, he said anyone who goes against the wishes of the bosses cannot survive in that environment.

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