Murkomen fires KAA boss and Engineering Manager after JKIA blackout

Roads and Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen./COURTESY

Roads and Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen has announced immediate changes at the Kenya Airports Authority.

The changes came just hours following a Friday night blackout at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport that left travelers and other airport users stranded.

In the new changes, Henry Ogoye will take over as KAA Ag Managing Director following the termination of MD Alex Gitari’s contract.

“By mutual consent, the contract of Mr. Alex Gitari who has been the Managing Director of Kenya Airports Authority has been terminated. In his place, Mr. Henry Ogoye currently serving as the Head of Corporate Planning has been appointed to be the Acting Managing Director of KAA,” said CS Murkomen.

“By mutual consent, the contract of Fred Odawo who has been the General Manager Project and Engineering Services has been terminated, and in his place Eng. Samuel Mwochache has been appointed in an acting capacity,” he added.

Airport Managers Changes

In other changes, JKIA Airport Manager Abel Gogo has been transferred to the Moi International Airport in Mombasa while Peter Wafula who was MIA Airport Manager has been moved to Kisumu International Airport.

“Selina Gor, the Airport Manager Kisumu International Airport now moves to JKIA,” said the Transport CS.

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Section of JKIA in darkness on Friday night./COURTESY

Meanwhile, the two generators at JKIA which were procured more than two years ago will be commissioned. CS Murkomen says this will ensure the power outage experienced in sections of the airport will not happen again.

The CS also directed the KAA Board of Directors to work on the staff attitude, mentorship, and motivation to improve productivity.

“I assure the country and the world that we have taken measures to enhance the capacity of technical experts in the engineering department to ensure this incident does not recur,” said Murkomen.