, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 16 – Consumer Federation of Kenya (Cofek) is now seeking to stop Kenya Airport Authority (KAA) Managing Director Lucy Mbugua who is on compulsory leave over fraud allegations from reporting back to office.
The consumer watchdog also wants the High Court to restrain her from working in an acting capacity until an urgent case it has filed is determined.
Consequently, Cofek wants Yatich Kangugo to continue acting as the MD and the State Corporations Committee move to conduct parallel investigations stopped immediately.
“The situation calls for an immediate stop on all purported investigations until the two teams are fully harmonised, integrated and agreed on the joint terms of reference,” Cofek states.
Others officers who were sent on a 30-day compulsory leave effective February 19 to pave way for investigations are General Manager Procurement and Logistics Hobadiuah Orora, Corporation Secretary Katherine Kisila and General Manager Finance John Thumbi.
Cofek argues that the decision of KAA board to send Mbugua on compulsory leave was made in accordance with its mandate and cannot be subject of investigation.
The federation says it has resolved to move to court with apprehension that Mbugua is likely to resume office before investigations into fraud allegations are completed.
The decision to suspend them was aimed at providing an environment for independent investigations to be carried out concerning the concession agreement for development and management of duty free master licence at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) between KAA and a global travel retailer company, Durfy International AG
The move by the board was also targeted at addressing the issue of VAT exemption in the concession contract with claims that it would have a direct implication on the financing of the project.