Kenya’s envoy to Australia Isaiya Kabira has received an apology after the Greame Samuel, the former head of Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. who complained of being charged Sh 1.8 million shillings as diversion fee.
He said that the demand caused a delay for a flight in Australia and that a car was parked in front of the aircraft until the amount was paid . He likened the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Somalia. A remarked that angered the envoy who said that the JKIA in Nairobi cannot be compared to Somalia.
“While it is in your full right to express your outrage, we find it extremely unfortunate that you draw parallels of inefficiency and imagery of piracy to a respected and much-admired airport of Nairobi,” Ambassador Kabira said
“I can’t contemplate any place in the world, except perhaps Somalia or perhaps Nairobi, where an aircraft would, having had to make an unscheduled landing because of weather, had a car parked in front of the aircraft, saying you cannot move until the airline provides a Visa card to extract a charge of $18,000,” said Mr. Greame Samuel.
He has since apologized and said that he did not intend to offend the country in any way.
Here is his apology:
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