Jonny Anderson the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) chief executive has announced that he will resign from his position at the parastatal on September 30 that is two months before the expiry of his term which was supposed to end in November this year.
Mr. Anderson’s reign at the authority began in July 2016 and the much rather highly unexpected shock resignation brings to an end his tumultuous reign at the authority.
Mr. Anderson told KAA workers in a memo seen by the Kenyan Bulletin on Friday that he would quit his position in the next one month, because of personal reasons.
“I would like to take this opportunity to inform you that I have taken the decision not to pursue the decision of renewing my contract with KAA. This is after deep reflection and consolation with my family. I will be proceeding on leave on September 30, with my tenure ending on November 21, 2019. I will take fond memories of the authority, colleagues, and the incredible journey with me in my heart,” Mr. Anderson said.
KAA chairman Isaack Awuondo confirmed the exit in a separate memo also seen by Kenyan Bulletin to staff. He credited Anderson for strengthening airports operations for the period he has been at the helm of the organization.
“Over the three years that Jonny has been at the helm of the authority he has strengthened airport operations and overseen a period of growth in passenger numbers and the number of airlines flying to Kenya,” said Mr. Awuondo.
The troubled Anderson joined the authority in July 2016 from Avinor AS in Norway where he was the national airports’ director. He replaced acting managing director Yatich Kangugo. Jonny Anderson’s appointment brought to an end a protracted recruitment process that was characterized by claims of political interference.
Mr. Anderson was picked after trouncing five other candidates, including Mr. Kangugo. Interview score sheets show that Mr. Andersen scored 88 percent while Mr. Kangugo, who served as airport manager at Eldoret’s Moi International Airport, scored 63 points.
He has had a rough path for the period he has been with the authority, for instance, last July, MPS gave him the last chance to provide documents justifying the cancellation of the Sh64.5 billion Greenfield terminal project at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
National Assembly’s Public Investments Committee (PIC) warned the KAA management lead by Mr. Anderson that it would declare them hostile witnesses if all documents surrounding the procurement of a Chinese contractor were not tabled in Parliament on time.
PIC chairman Abdulswamad Nassir said Parliament would have no other option than to direct investigative agencies, including the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, to seize the documents from KAA.