Delayed utilization of Sh1.2bn to cripple rehabilitation of 6 airstrips

June 20, 2019 (4 weeks ago) 12:39 pm
The non-utilization of the funds will affect expansion plans at Ukunda, Isiolo, Malindi, Suneka, Boment, and Kakamega airstrips/COURTESY

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 20 – The expansion and rehabilitation of at least six airstrips hangs in the balance after it emerged that the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) will lose Sh 1.2 billion allocated to it in the current financial year ending June 30.

The non-utilization of the funds will affect expansion plans at Ukunda, Isiolo, Malindi, Suneka, Boment, and Kakamega airstrips.

National Assembly Transport Committee Chairman David Pkosing attributed the delay in executing the expansion plans to poor implementation of projects by KAA.

Nicholas Bodo, officer in charge of aviation at the Ministry of Transport, told the committee on Thursday that it is unlikely that the agency will be able to absorb the funds within the remaining ten days.

The commercial viability of most of new airstrips being constructed in the country also came into question during the meeting between the KAA, lawmakers and Ministry of Transport.

The matter came up after Isiolo Woman County Rep Jaldesa Rehema described the Isiolo Airport as a ghost facility dispute millions having been pumped into its expansion as part of LAPSSET Project.

KAA MD Johnny Andersen claimed the lack of aviation traffic is due to air operators not finding the route viable.

Pkosing directed KAA and Ministry of Transport to provide the House with measures it is taking to attract business to its facilities.

Other MPs expressed concern that public money was being wasted on such projects which are not backed by accurate valuation.

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