Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga has renewed his call for President William Ruto to hold Cabinet Secretary for Roads and Transport, Kipchumba Murkomen, accountable for the recent power outages at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
Expressing concern over the national embarrassment caused by the power failure at JKIA, Governor Kahiga emphasized the need for accountability, urging action against Cabinet Secretaries not fulfilling their roles effectively.
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“I maintain that the power failure in JKIA is a national embarrassment. The President should sack the CS concerned with Airports,” stated Governor Kahiga, insisting that all underperforming Cabinet Secretaries should be relieved of their duties.
Addressing recent media reports suggesting he called for the sacking of Energy Cabinet Secretary Davis Chirchir over power outages, Governor Kahiga clarified that he was with Chirchir at JKIA during the blackout, emphasizing that he only highlighted the need for accountability.
“I wish to clarify that I never demanded the sacking of CS Davis Chichir for the recent power failure. I was with Waziri at JKIA when the blackout happened,” Governor Kahiga explained.
Meanwhile, CS Murkomen attributed the challenges at JKIA to infrastructure neglect by the previous administration and deliberate sabotage. Speaking at Governor Cheboi’s Supercup finals in Kabarnet, Murkomen pledged a comprehensive overhaul, including infrastructure upgrades and personnel changes.
“I am totally in charge of changing our infrastructure, and in January, we will announce the construction of a brand new terminal,” assured Murkomen, addressing concerns about the airport’s efficiency and image.
Acknowledging the airport’s dilapidated state, Murkomen vowed to hire a new team, rectify infrastructure foundations, and take legal action against those responsible for the recent power outages.
These developments highlight growing concerns about JKIA’s functionality, prompting both Governor Kahiga and CS Murkomen to address the issues surrounding the recent power failures and infrastructure challenges.