Our attention has been drawn to the Privately Initiated Investment Proposal by the national carrier Kenya Airways to take over the operations of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for a thirty year concession period.
In their proposal, KQ suggests to form a Special Purpose Vehicle that would bring together themselves and the Kenya Airports Authority to operate, maintain and develop JKIA.
We are deeply concerned by this proposal and caution the KAA in the strongest terms possible from considering such a concession to KQ.
The carrier still has several questions regarding its own management lingering in the background over its disastrous decisions in the recent past that saw massive retrenchments, staff pay cuts, industrial action and asset disposal to keep the carrier afloat.
KQ has been in the past a beneficiary of government bailout due to its poor strategic financial decisions. Granting this concession is akin to giving a convicted drunk driver the keys to your car!
As the Member of Parliament for JKIA, I vehemently reject this proposal and will mobilize my colleagues in parliament against it.
In closing, I call upon the President to veto this proposal and save the taxpayers from any further losses at the hands of KQ’s management.
Comrade Babu Owino,
M.P, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
January 28, 2019.