Staff, 2022-12-15 00:46:56,
Kenya’s President William Ruto will this week make a pitch to sell a controlling stake in the country’s national carrier Kenya Airways to US investors as a path of returning the struggling airline to profitability.
On Wednesday, Kenya’s Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen said the search for strategic partners for Kenya Airways tops the list of President Ruto’s mission to America.
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Kenya will prefer a cash-rich foreign airline as a strategic investor in a plan that could offer the national carrier aviation expertise and cut its reliance on the National Treasury for operational cash.
“We are doing everything possible to ensure that we no longer subsidise the airline and that is why we are looking for a strategic partner,” said Mr Murkomen.
“Even on the President’s trip to the US, one of the topics for discussion is how to get a strategic partner for Kenya Airways,” the CS added.
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