World leaders pledge support after JKIA fire

August 8, 2013
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Leaders from the East African region said they would allow Kenya to use airports in their countries until the rehabilitation is complete/MIKE KARIUKI
Leaders from the East African region said they would allow Kenya to use airports in their countries until the rehabilitation is complete/MIKE KARIUKI
NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 8 – Leaders across the world and development partners have pledged to support the Kenyan government in the rehabilitation of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport after the fire incident on Wednesday.

United States President Barrack Obama, who spoke to President Uhuru on phone, offered America’s support following the devastating fire which crippled operations at the East Africa’s busiest airport.

Leaders from the East African region said they would allow Kenya to use airports in their countries until the rehabilitation is complete.

The EAC heads of state who sent their message to President Uhuru Kenyatta include Uganda’s head of state Yoweri Museveni, Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

African Development Bank President Donald Kaberuka and senior executives of the World Bank also said they would give their immediate financing offers for rehabilitation of JKIA.

On Wednesday, APA Insurance, the insurer of the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) said it will take full responsibility for the losses incurred.

The company, according to the CEO Suresh Kumar said that they had deputed loss adjustors to the site to take stock of the damage.

In the meantime Transport Cabinet Secretary Engineer Michael Kamau said KAA will establish a temporary terminal as restoration efforts continue.

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