A national cry has been had as the government has retreated from its intentions to have the Kenya Airways take-over operations of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
The takeover has caused jitters within stakeholders, pushing the Kenya Aviation Workers to go on strike disrupting activities at JKIA. As a result, several flights were canceled leaving passengers stranded forcing the Airforce and the National Youth Services to come in and provide the services.
Appearing before the National Assembly’s Transport Committee, Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said that the government was exploring other ways of rejuvenating cash strapped KQ.
“Following concerns that have been raised by the public, we are now exploring other opinions of delivering the objectives of the government to consolidate our aviation sector. Once an agreed option has been identified we will submit the same to the Cabinet for approval as directed by it,” said Macharia.
This follows a public outcry against the proposed takeover, that was planned for a concession period of 30 years.
A report tabled in parliament three weeks ago revealed that KQ and JKIA did not involve the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA), who are the custodians of all airports and airstrips in Kenya.
In the audit report, the office of the auditor general says that it was not furnished with important documents in the highly criticized takeover deal
Do you believe the deal is off,or we are being played in the back?