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Court rules on COFEK challenge against Kenya Airways

18 August 2014, 19:02

Nairobi - The High Court judge has certified as urgent the Consumers Federation of Kenya (COFEK) case against the national carrier, Kenya Airways, and further directed an urgent hearing for Wednesday.

COFEK, through its lawyer, Hanry Kurauka, submitted that the insistence by the Kenya Airways to continue flying to the high risk West African capital cities, stricken by the deadly Ebola, was informed by commercial interest and not the safety and or public interest of Kenyans.

The consumer body further submitted that there is extreme public anxiety about possibility of spread of the Ebola virus which had no cure.

This is especially after the World Health Organization (WHO) on August 13 classified Kenya as a “high risk” area being a regional air transit hub.

Kenya is estimated to receive 70 flights a week from West Africa capitals.

“It will be in absolute public interest, therefore, for the 1st Respondent to suspend flights and or take full responsibility for any eventuality,” said Kurauka.

The petition to compel Kenya Airways to suspend flights to all the West African cities comes after the Ministry of Health moved to assure Kenyans that the four people who had been tested of the Ebola virus came negative and that there is nothing to be scared about.

Kenya Airways over the weekend meanwhile suspended its flights to some cities in West Africa under the direction of the Ministry of Health.

“We are dependent on expert advice for our continued operations from Ministry of Health and WHO,” the company stated.

– CAJ News

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