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Kenya Airports CEO sent packing

The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) Board has sent the CEO, Stephen Gichuki, on terminal leave as it recruits his replacement. Coming so close to last week’s devastating fire at the country’s biggest airport, speculation is rife that Gichuki could be the first high-ranking individual punished for the disaster.

Kenya Airports Authority Acting Managing Director, Lucy Mbugua, takes Deputy President William Ruto (centre, with white coat) on an inspection tour of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport this morning. Photo by KAA (@Kenya_Airports).]

Kenya Airports Authority Acting Managing Director, Lucy Mbugua, takes Deputy President William Ruto (centre, with white coat) on an inspection tour of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport this morning. Photo by KAA (@Kenya_Airports).]

In a statement today, the KAA Board says that its decision was driven by its desire to, “follow due process in the recruitment of a new managing director.” Gichuki’s contract with KAA ends on 23 October 2013. The Board says that the position “will be advertised.”

The Board, however, stressed that Gichuki was being sent on terminal leave, “in accordance with the State Corporations and Regulations provisions.”

As part of today’s changes, KAA’s General Manager for Marketing and Business Development, Lucy Mbugua, has been appointed acting CEO. The GM will, “drive leadership within the Authority in an acting capacity.”

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