NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 15 – Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) Managing Director Stephen Gichuki has been sent on leave and his position given to head of Marketing and Business Development Lucy Mbugua, in an acting capacity.
, KAA Chairman Mutuma Mugambi said on Thursday that Gichuki’s tenure was due to expire on October 23.
“The outgoing Managing Director, Stephen Gichuki, will proceed on his terminal leave in accordance with the State Corporations and Regulations provisions,” Mugambi said.
He told a media conference on Thursday that the position will be advertised in the media in the next few days.
“The board has decided to follow due process in the recruitment of a new Managing Director and will advertise for the position,” he said.
The changes come barely a week after fire gutted a large part of the international arrivals and departure lounges at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
“The board wishes to thank Gichuki for his long service to this authority and his contribution to the development of airports in Kenya,” Mugambi said.
Only last year, the KAA board had sent Gichuki on compulsory leave over suspected corrupt dealings in the award of expansion tenders, although the move was later reversed by the Industrial Court.
Mugambi also revealed that arrangements are being made to ensure that passengers are moved out of temporary tent lounges within three weeks.
“The completion of Terminal 4 is being expedited to bring it into partial operation by the end of this year and the planning and construction process for the Greenfield Terminal is in progress,” Mugambi revealed.
He said that the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) Parking Garage will immediately be converted into a Passengers Arrival Hall whereas Unit 2 Departures between Gates 8 and 4 will be open for use by Kenya Airways by Friday.
“Also, Unit 1 Check-in hall is being prepared for use by the other airlines within three weeks,” Mugambi stated.