By Regina Manyara
Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has appointed the managing directors of two key parastatals.
Jonny Andersen who is Norwegian is the new Kenya Airports Authority Managing Director while Catherine Mturi-Wairi has been confirmed as the Managing Director of Kenya Ports Authority.
The Norwegian takes over from Lucy Ndung’u who was sacked in June last year over procurement of passenger buses at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
KAA Chairman Retired General Julius Karangi says Andersen’s qualifications and experience would play a significant role in steering the Kenya Airports Authority to greater heights.
Andersen joins KAA from Avinor AS, a state-owned firm that manages airports in Norway, where he is the Director of National Airports, responsible for seven state-owned airport hubs.
He takes over from Yatich Kangugo, who has been KAA Acting Managing Director at KAA.
Meanwhile, pressure had started building up on the government to name the Kenya Ports Authority Managing Director following the removal of Gichiri Ndua over corruption allegations.
This follows recommendations by an inter-agency committee formed by President Uhuru Kenyatta to look at issues affecting the port.
Upon the ousting of the firm’s top officials who included general managers in charge of human resources, operations, legal, corporate services and the head of security.
Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has confirmed Catherine Mturi-Wairi who had replaced Ndua in an acting capacity.
Catherine was the highest ranked candidate in a list of three that also included Joseph Atonga and Stanley Ndege Chai. She has been handed a three-year term at the helm of the Kenya Ports Authority.