NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 23 – The new Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) Managing Director Jonny Andersen is expected to report to work mid next month.
State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu who was responding to a media report which highlighted uncertainty in the leadership of the key institution that has been without a substantive head for one-and-a-half years, said Andersen visited Nairobi last week for two days of discussions with the Board of KAA as part of his induction.
“I can report that a work permit for Mr Andersen has now been granted and issued. Mr Andersen will take office mid November, a timing that both the board and the ministry responsible is happy with,” he said.
Esipisu said Andersen familiarised himself with operations at the KAA Headquarters in a meeting with the senior management, followed by a tour of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
He confirmed that Andersen had initially asked for a six-month period to wind down his other engagements, but in the end an amicable agreement was reached.
Andersen, who is a fellow at the Royal Aeronautical Society in the UK and an accredited instructor at the International Air Transport Association, was said to have scored 88 percent in interviews for the job.
He beat other candidates, including then acting managing director Yatich Kangugo, who reportedly scored 63 percent.
The KAA has been without a substantive head for more than a year following the sacking of then Managing Director Lucy Mbugua on corruption allegations.
Efforts to replace her hit a snag on three occasions after Macharia cancelled the recruitment and appointed consultancy firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers to recruit afresh amid intrigues by parties with vested interests in the job.