Key strategists meet in Karen ahead of Kenya Airports board deciding fate of Managing Director Lucy Mbugua

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IN GOOD COMPANY: Ms Mbugua, DP Ruto and Senate Majority Leader Prof Kindiki whose law firm does  business with KAA

Some key men and women, comprising of at least two Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) directors, a Nairobi politician whose son was recently appointed to a key transport board, among other others, met in Nairobi’s Karen area on Sunday evening to explore options ahead of the KAA board meeting expected from Monday, March 23, 2015 from 10 am.

The KAA board meeting, extended from last Thursday, will decide the fate of the embattled KAA MD, Ms Lucy Mbugua.

The transport ministry operatives, who proposed and successfully pushed the board to hand a surprise compulsory suspension for Ms Mbugua on February 19, 2015 are now leading a multi-prong strategy to have her back to office unconditionally.

At the time, Transport PS Mr Nduva Muli on the recommendation of the KAA board constituted a multi-agency investigations team. It is not clear if the team proceeded with its’ assignment.

Mr Nduva Muli has not responded to our text message to either deny or confirm if he indeed attended the Sunday evening Karen meeting. 

Ironically, Ms Mbugua has not disputed any of the 14 counts brought against her. She has instead given excuses. 

It is understood the board is under pressure from Transport Secretary Eng Michael Kamau to have Ms Mbugua reinstated to avoid a costly fallout between the two.

In a radical turn of events, and according to a very credible source, the KAA board wants to use an internal audit report to “clear Ms Mbugua by only warning her”.

The board, we are told, is using the excuse that investigations can go on while the MD is in the office.

It is not clear which investigations and by whom given that Ms Mbugua has largely confessed to all counts brought against her.

A news anchor from the leading TV station and a PR firm have been doing everything possible to contain any perceived negative publicity.

A staff of the PR firm, over the weekend, took to Twitter to discredit the Cofek leadership. She was joined by a Kenya Airways staffer who at one time Tweeted that Cofek was “… fighting KAA (MD)”.

The issue of retention or extended suspension for Ms Mbugua is a high-stakes matter. It has taken political and business dimension.

Ms Mbugua tapped into KAA by an uncle of President Uhuru Kenyatta, Mr Muhoho Kenyatta.

The strategists want Ms Mbugua reinstated a day ahead of Cofek legal suit, for which they have been served with Court papers, to have the case of overtaken by events.

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