Blame game is the order of the day over JKIA mishaps. These include leaking roofs, floods, and blackouts. These problems left passengers and observers alike questioning the once-glorified status of the Airport. The sad state of affairs also prompts a closer examination of its infrastructure and leadership.
KAA, in their defense, cited inadequate facility and infrastructure upgrades for the current state of affairs and service disruptions at the airport.
“Over the last 10 years, JKIA has suffered inadequate facility and infrastructure capacity upgrades to the extent that even temporary interventions became permanent solutions hence the current state of affairs on service disruption.KAA stated in a press statement.
Uhuru Kenyatta’s Regime Blamed
Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen blamed JKIA issues on former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s regime. He highlighted the costly but poor terminal renovations. Murkomen mentioned ongoing discussions with contractors to rectify the work on these terminals.
“When we got into the office we found that the projects in the previous regime were substandard. When the renovation was done on Terminal 1C and E, it was in a hurry and temporary because there needed to be set up an in-field project which was costly. But we have spoken to the contractors to redo the job,”.Murkomen stated
DP Rigathi Gachagua Points Fingers
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua joined the finger-pointing bandwagon. He blamed the previous government while defending CS Murkomen.
“I’ve seen some people castigate CS Murkomen because of what he said about JKIA leaking roofs… people in this country are allergic to truth. A massive cost was spent on JKIA but today it’s a shame,”.He said.
The Deputy President expressed dissatisfaction and regret with the costly but poor JKIA renovation. He deemed the airport state as a disgrace to the fields of engineering and architecture.
“JKIA was done at a massive cost, but today it is a disgrace to the profession of engineering and architecture. Public funds were spent and when you go there, you feel sorry, but engineers and architects were certified and based on that certification, payments were made,”The Deputy President said.