Kimaiyo hands KAA Board chairmanship to General Karangi in orderly fashion

Former IG David Kimaiyo officially hands over the Kenya Airports Board chairmanship to Gen (Dr) Rtd Julius Karangi.Photo/COURTESY

Former Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo has officially handed over as the Chairman of Kenya Airports Authority Board to retired General Julius Karangi.

Kimaiyo ended his two-year stint at the helm of the Kenya Airports Authority following a gazette notice on June 24 appointing Karangi.

“And baton is yours @KenyaAirports new Chairman Gen (Rtd) J. Karangi. I wish you all the best. Thank you KAA team,” he said in a tweet on Tuesday.

Kimaiyo was appointed KAA chairman on December 31, 2014 after he resigned from the police force .

His exit came after the brutal killing of 36 quarry workers by al Shabaab militants in Mandera county.

Kimaiyo’s leadership in the airports authority has also been marred by controversy. Directors have been accused of misappropriating funds, including hiring buses at a monthly cost of Sh11 million.

Karangi retired from the Kenya Defence Forces on May 4, 2015 after 42 years of service.

President Kenyatta also made other appointments, where former MPs were rewarded with jobs as chairmen of State corporations.

Among those who were appointed include Ronald Osumba, Peter Kenneth’s running mate in the 2013 elections, as the Youth Fund board chairman.

Former Changamwe MP Ramadhan Kajembe was appointed as Kenya Ferry Services chairman and former minister Raphael Tuju as the Lake Basin Development Authority.

Former Bumula MP Bifwoli Wakoli will chair the Agricultural Development Cooperation while Patrick Osero takes over as the Tourism Finance Corporation Board chairman.

In a gazette notice released on Friday last week, President Uhuru Kenyatta revoked the appointment of Mr Kimaiyo as Chairman of the KAA and fired him like a stray dog, replacing him with immediate former Chief of Defense Forces Julius Karangi. His termination over the weekend sparked an online fight with a city lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi.





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