Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) is hiring an international airport engineering firm to audit stalled projects that have cost taxpayers billions of shillings without completion, Parliament has been told.
KAA managing director Jonny Andersen told the National Assembly’s Public Investments Committee (PIC) that the technical audit will “look at everything we have, including resurfacing of runways.”
Mr Andersen said the international airport engineering company will help KAA plan and budget for its projects for timely and cost-effective delivery.
“The engineering firm should help us plan our projects better, on time and on budget because in the past five years, this has been a challenge,” he said.
PIC, which is chaired by Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir, heard that KAA’s structural engineering department has not changed for more than a decade.
“We do not have the right competence and I want to change this going forward. We will be seeking advice from a reputable airport engineering company from outside to conduct a technical audit, inventory of what we have and look at everything, including the resurfacing of our runways,” Mr Andersen said in response to questions over the large number of stalled and abandoned projects, whose costs have either been varied upwards or paid for in full before completion.
One such loss for the taxpayers was in the Sh4.3 billion paid in advance to a Chinese contractor M/S ACEG-CATIC JV construction of a new terminal that never took off.
“What you see in the Auditor-General’s findings is the same thing that I see. We are unable to complete many projects on time, to quality and according to budget,” Mr Andersen said.
Going forward, he said, KAA needs a sustainable solution to this challenge and has chosen to seek help from outside.