Loima MP, Hon. Protus Akujah petitions parliament on behalf of concerned Kenyan citizens regarding the 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗶𝘀𝗲𝗱 𝘀𝗮𝗳𝗲𝘁𝘆 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗮𝗿𝗱𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝘆 𝗦𝗸𝘆𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝗘𝘅𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀.
Parliament has initiated an inquiry into the operations of Skyward Express Airline owned by Muhumed Abdi Mohamed following a petition presented by Loima MP Protus Akuja,
The lawmaker had raised concerns about the airline’s safety standards and their potential risk to passengers.
The petition, tabled before the National Assembly’s Public Petitions Committee, calls for a thorough investigation into the activities of the airline, which is based at Wilson Airport in Nairobi.
In his petition, Mr. Akuja expressed the concerns of concerned citizens in the Republic of Kenya regarding recent incidents that have raised doubts about the airline’s commitment to maintaining minimum flight safety standards.
These incidents include situations where Skyward Express aircraft encountered challenges such as malfunctioning landing gear, unidentifiable sounds during mid-flight, and even reports of smoke emanating from the wings.
Mr. Akuja contends that these incidents have created unease among passengers and underscore the need for a comprehensive examination of the airline’s safety protocols.
Moreover, he pointed out that Skyward Express, which provides scheduled flights to various destinations including Kitale, Kakamega, Mombasa, Lamu, Eldoret, Diani, Lodwar, and Malindi, has been criticized for imposing exorbitant ticket prices, particularly when compared to similar routes offered by other carriers.
Mr. Akuja emphasized that previous attempts to address these concerns with the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) have not yielded satisfactory results.
“That efforts made to have the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority address the matter have not been fruitful; therefore, your humble petitioners pray that the National Assembly, through the Public Petitions Committee, makes an inquiry into all matters raised in this Petition with a view to ensure that: The Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) undertakes an urgent safety inspection on all aircraft operating under the Skyward Express Airline PLC; Mandatory and regular maintenance of aircraft is certified by the Authority; Makes any other recommendation or action it deems fit to address the plight of the Petitioners,” he stated in the petition.
Therefore, he is calling upon the committee to ensure that the mandatory and regular maintenance of aircraft operated by Skyward Express is rigorously examined and certified by the KCAA, with the ultimate aim of enhancing the safety and affordability of air travel for all passengers.