Muhoho is back at KAA helm

April 3, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 3 – George Muhoho has been re-appointed as Managing Director of the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA).

Muhoho’s term at the helm of the aviation body came to an end early this week amidst allegations of misappropriation of funds and a tussle between him and the KAA board members.

Transport Minister Chirau Mwakwere reinstated Mr Muhoho for an extra one year, during which time he will identify a suitable successor.

“I am convinced that (Mr Muhoho) will continue the good work he began at the authority in the manner he has done that was satisfactory to me as the Minister for Ttransport,” he said adding: “It will give an opportunity for those throwing stones at him to give me substantial reasons of why they are accusing him of any wrong doing.”

On Wednesday, Mr Mwakwere had intimated that the embattled MD’s tenure may be extended.

KAA Deputy Managing Director Mathews Wamalwa has been heading the institution in an Acting Capacity for the last few days.

While defending his actions the minister said the Kenya Airports Authority Act does not specify the limit or the number of years an individual can remain in office.

He on the other hand challenged anyone with information that implicated Mr Muhoho in any impropriety while in office to present it to him.

“If there any problems between the board and the Managing Director they should sort it out,” the minister said.

While admitting that many other qualified professionals could fill this position Mr Mwakwere said the one year would be a transitional period to get a suitable candidate.

Mr Muhoho’s final days at the helm of the Airports Authority had been rocked by scandals, the latest one being queries over an 80-year lease of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) land to Qatari investors for the establishment of facilities and the issuing of a tender to little-know Onejetone airline to run the old Embakasi airport .

Mr Mwakwere later canceled that tender.


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