NAIROBI, Kenya, June 27 – The Kenya Airports Authority has fired three of its senior officials including the Managing Director Lucy Mbugua, General Manager Finance John Thumbi and the acting airport Engineer Christopher Warutere over the airport bus scam.
The Board at the same time lifted the interdiction of Legal Counsel Victor Arika pending further investigations.
It was however reprieve for Procurement Manager Lilian Okidi and Head of Examination Martin Kamau whose interdiction was lifted and they were recalled back to duty.
The press release signed by Board Chairman David Kimaiyo said this was part of the authority’s update of the ongoing investigations into the Passenger Transfer Services tender (Apron Bus Services) at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, JKIA.
The Board held the meeting Friday where the fate of the officers was determined.
And during an appearance before the Parliamentary Transport Committee chaired by Starehe MP Maina Kamanda, acting KAA Managing Director Yatich Kangugo told the committee that KAA flouted procurement rules as they chose to ignore other service providers who had applied and awarded the tender to a single pre-qualified tenderer.
Questions had further been raised over the sustainability of deal reached with Relief & Mission Logistics Limited to provide the service of the five-ramp passenger buses at a cost of close to 11 million shillings per month.
The matter is still under investigation by the Parliamentary committee.
In March this year, managing Director Lucy Mbugua and General Manager Finance John Thumbi who had initially been suspended but were reinstated after the board completed its investigations on an issue they had been linked on.
The two together with two other officials were being investigated after concerns were raised over an agreement for development and management of duty free master licence at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) between KAA and a global travel retailer company, Durfy International AG.
They were later cleared of the allegations facing them.