Ministry tasks PwC with search for new KAA boss

The government has stepped up the search for a new Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) chief executive.

Monday February 29 2016

Former Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) boss Lucy Mbugua leaves the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission. She was pusheed out of office over a Sh11million bus leasing scandal. FILE PHOTO | BILLY MUTAI |

Former Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) boss Lucy Mbugua leaves the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission. She was pushed out of office over a Sh11million bus leasing scandal. FILE PHOTO | BILLY MUTAI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By BRIAN NGUGI
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The government has stepped up the search for a new Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) chief executive two months after it annulled an initial recruitment process citing interference.

Kenya Airports Authority, (KAA) said on Monday in a notice that it is seeking a competent chief executive to drive its mandate. The right candidate should be holders of Bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution of higher learning, KAA said.

KAA has tasked advisory firm PricewaterhouseCoopers to steer the process.

On January 21, Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia cancelled the previous recruitment process citing interference.

Mr Macharia consequently directed that the process be initiated afresh with immediate effect by a “reputable and competent professional firm”.

The KAA board had taken up the process, following the KAA management’s alleged bungling of the procurement of a recruitment agency.

The board fired three of its senior officials — including managing director Lucy Mbugua, general manager for finance John Thumbi and acting airport engineer Christopher Warutere — on June 27 last year over allegations of improprieties in procuring airport buses.

Mbugua was also being probed for her alleged role in a controversial duty-free shops tender.

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