Why did Kenya Airways snub Museveni?
17 March 2015, 13:45
Nairobi - Kenya Airways have been in the news lately for their apparent snub of Uganda president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. That said, they have an explanation for the snub.
Museveni was ignored by the airline after he requested them to come pick him up from his home town Gulu to enable him attend the 16th ordinary summit of East African Heads of State in Nairobi.
However, the airline through CEO Mbuvi Ngunze clarified that they were forced to snub Museveni after it was obvious they could not land at the local Gulu airport.
" Operational restrictions forced us not to go to Gulu airport where the private charter was to take place," Ngunze said Tuesday.
He defended the move to snub Museveni as he said their hands were tied and they do not have any plane that could land at the airport.
" This was communicated and accepted by the customer (The government of Uganda) who are a regular charter. There was nothing sinister as has been claimed," he added.
The parliamentary Committee on Foreign Relations and Defence is set to question Airline officials over the incident which has allegedly spoilt diplomatic relations between Kenya and Uganda.
The committee chaired by Tetu MP Ndung’u Gethenji summoned Foreign Affairs CS Amina Mohammed and Transport's Michael Kamau to explain the matter at hand.
" We are informed that Kenya Airways declined the request, compelling Museveni to seek the services of Ethiopian Airlines. Museveni is the senior-most Head of State from the region and for the airline to decline his request to fly him to a forum chaired by our own President is very embarrassing," a statement from Committee chairman Gethengi Ndun'gu said.
There has been no official public statement from Kampala on the matter.
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