In a recent statement, CS Kipchumba Murkomen highlighted a significant power outage that affected various parts of the country, particularly impacting operations at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). While the prompt activation of standby generators helped restore power to most areas of the airport, terminals 1A and 1E faced prolonged disruptions.
Leading a team comprised of key officials, including the PS Transport, Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) Board Chairman, and Managing Director, Murkomen personally assessed the situation at JKIA. Acknowledging ongoing efforts to address previous challenges at the airport, he expressed concern over the frequency of power disruptions and the strategic importance of JKIA.
In response to the recent incident, CS Murkomen announced a formal request to the National Police Service to investigate potential acts of sabotage and cover-up. This move underscores the seriousness with which the government views disruptions to JKIA, emphasizing its critical role in national infrastructure.
While awaiting the results of the investigation, efforts to restore normalcy at JKIA are ongoing. Murkomen has instructed the KAA Board to rigorously pursue the reform agenda, with management directed to implement recommendations from a recently constituted technical committee.
The situation at JKIA highlights the broader challenges faced by critical national infrastructure and the need for robust measures to prevent disruptions. The investigation into possible sabotage will shed light on the causes behind the power outage and contribute to ensuring the resilience and reliability of essential facilities like JKIA.
As the cleanup continues at JKIA, stakeholders will closely monitor developments, emphasizing the importance of effective management and ongoing reforms to safeguard the country’s strategic assets.