Airports agency caught up in fight by Bluebird Aviation directors

The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) management has been caught up in a fight by Bluebird Aviation directors over airport passes and money laundering allegations.

At the centre of the battle is a dispute over alleged theft of funds and conversion of assets at the airline, which has been in operation for 27 years.

Yusuf Adan, one of the airline’s directors, made a complaint in September 2018 to Jonny Andersen, the KAA managing director and CEO, alleging abuse of ‘All Areas’ airport passes by fellow Bluebird directorsand asking that the permits be cancelled.

Bluebird, a firm with more than 20 aircraft and which operates scheduled, non-scheduled and ad hoc air charter services, medical evacuation and relief services within the East and Central African region, has four directors - Adan, Hussein Ahmed Farah (chairman and CEO), Hussein Unshur Mohamed (general manager) and Mohamed Abdikadir (technical director).

Adan had claimed that fellow directors were using the passes to bypass authorities and to physically transport cash to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) via Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. 

But in a rejoinder on April 30 addressed to Adan, Kenya Airports Authority -- through Col (Rtd) SU Kaleli, the acting general manager in charge of security services -- said they had not found any basis to either confiscate, withdraw, cancel or blacklist the passes or permits issued to the directors.

On June 6, 2019, Adan -- through lawyer Ahmnednasir Abdullahi -- wrote to KAA expressing displeasure at Kaleli’s letter, which he said was never delivered to him and dismissed the assertion that the authority had not found any evidence on his complaint as having ‘ulterior motives’.

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On June 12, 2019, Adan lodged another complaint with the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) Chief Executive Officer Twalib Mbarak seeking a probe against Kaleli over what he claimed was failure to independently act on reports touching on Bluebird Aviation directors.

Adan claimed that Kaleli’s action was an abuse of office and was in contravention of the Constitution. 

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