Senate To Probe Kenya Airways Operations

  • A senate committee comprised of 11 members is set to probe into the activities of the Kenya Airways Limited following emerging concerns that the airline is being rundown.

    Kisumu Senator Prof. Anyang' Nyong'o while pushing the motion has called for the overhaul of the current business plan being used by the airline saying it has failed to turn the company around citing a consistent drop in profits, Capital FM reports.

    According to a report on The Standard, the senate select committee will inquire among other things into  the leasing and buying arrangement of aircrafts since 1996,the role of offshore companies in the investment affairs of the airline, the identity of the shareholders of the offshore companies and their level of engagement with the KQ management.

    The committee will also look into employment policy and practices of personnel including engineers, pilots, cabin crew and ground personnel, the reason for delayed and canceled flights and the losses incurred in the process and any other issues that could shed light on the financial and management crisis facing the airline.

    The airline is said to have recorded an after tax loss of Sh10.4 billion in the half year ending September 2014 which the carrier attributes to the challenging business environment during the period.

    The committee expected to report within 3 months is comprised of Senators Nyong'o, Mutahi Kagwe (Nyeri), Omar Hassan (Mombasa), Daniel Karaba (Kirinyaga), Boni Khalwale (Kakamega), Agnes Zani (Nominated), Peter Mositet (Kajiado), Wilfred Lessan (Bomet), Billow Kerrow (Mandera), James Orengo (Siaya) and Naisula Lesuuda (Nominated).

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