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KCAA building own headquarters to comply with ICAO recommendations

The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) today launched the construction of a new headquarter complex that will enable it comply with recommendations of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The complex will have a unique view of aircraft on final approach into JKIA.

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Michael Kamau, operates an excavator while launching the construction of a new office complex for the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority.

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Michael Kamau, operates an excavator while launching the construction of a new office complex for the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority.

Construction of the head office complex is financed through a Ksh833 million (US$ 9.6 million) concessional loan from the World Bank.

The KCAA office complex will be located along Mombasa Road in Nairobi, next to the turn off into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has already handed over the complex’s 6-acre plot to KCAA.

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Michael Kamau, presided over the groundbreaking ceremony. He warned KCAA and the contractors against delays and rising costs. “There are two things that will not change in this project: the completion date and the budget,” said Kamau. The office complex is to be completed in November 2015.

KCAA headquarters are currently located in the same building that houses KAA. Audits carried out in November 2008 and May 2013 by ICAO recommended that KCAA stop leasing office space from KAA. According to the audits, the leasing of office space from KAA constitutes a conflict of interest because KAA is one of the organizations which KCAA regulates.

Map showing the site of KCAA's proposed headquarters.

Map showing the site of KCAA’s proposed headquarters.

Besides mitigating conflict of interest, the new offices will ease the shortage of space that KCAA is experiencing. “The number of aviation personnel served is expected to more than double from the current 7,500 to 15,000 in 2017 and more space will be required to serve the clients,” said KCAA Director-General, Col (Rtd) Hilary Kioko.

Construction is being done by Landmark Holdings, a company that built the Ministry of Energy headquarters at Nairobi South C and LAPSSET headquarters in Lamu.

Artistic impression of KCAA's new office complex.

Artistic impression of KCAA’s new office complex.

At the same venue, Cabinet Secretary Kamau announced that the KCAA Act 2013 will be revised even though it was enacted only last year. According to Kamau, several provisions of the Act have turned out to be difficult to implement.

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