In Summary
  • Pokot South MP David Pkosing, chairman of the National Assembly Committee on Transport, Public Works and Housing, said Mr Kibe was ready to appear before the committee but there was a dramatic turn of events.
  • But as Mr Pkosing made the claims, a letter from KCAA to House Speaker Justin Muturi indicated that the management was ready to appear on any other date.

A parliamentary committee now claims that unnamed powerful elements in government bizarrely prevented KCAA Director-General Gilbert Kibe from appearing before it to give an update on air transport safety in Kenya.

Pokot South MP David Pkosing, chairman of the National Assembly Committee on Transport, Public Works and Housing, said Mr Kibe was ready to appear before the committee but there was a dramatic turn of events.

“Take it from me, the KCAA boss confirmed the other day that he would come and today (Friday) morning, he called me to say he was actually on his way. Only he can explain what happened,” Mr Pkosing said.

The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority boss was summoned alongside Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia and the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) management after two planes belonging to Silverstone Air experienced emergency landing incidents in a span of three weeks.

With KCAA's Managing Director Alex Gitari the only one honouring the committee’s invitation, the team could not proceed with the meeting.

Nevertheless, Mr Gitari told the MPs that Sh350 million has been budgeted to refill the gaping potholes on the runway at Wilson Airport.

LETTER

But as Mr Pkosing made the claims, a letter from KCAA to House Speaker Justin Muturi indicated that the management was ready to appear on any other date.

Interestingly, the letter was copied to National Assembly Clerk Michael Sialai and Leader of Majority Aden Duale, with Mr Pkosing left out.

This prompted members to protest, wondering whether the ministry was serious about the air transport safety as the December festive season approaches.

“This committee will never be intimidated [when it comes to] the safety of the people,” Mr Pkosing noted as he rescheduled the meeting to November 12.

"CANVASSING"

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