Kenya Airways bosses face exit
20 January 2016, 22:33
Nairobi - The Kenya Airline Pilots Association KALPA has called for the immediate disbandment of Kenya Airways 'leadership team, citing lack of confidence in its ability to oversee the troubled airline’s recovery.
KALPA, through it's membership, issued a vote of no confidence in the current management team of Kenya Airways, and called for the immediate resignation of the CEO & Group Managing Director and company Directors.
The association, which represents the interests of pilots in the country, has also issued a seven - day ultimatum starting Wednesday that will see them explore other options to demand for immediate change, should the national carrier’s directors fail to cede leadership.
“KALPA has over the years maintained a vocal stance, questioning the airline’s business strategy and deteriorating employee relations. Following KQ’s dismal performance in the financial year ended March 2015, and ongoing attempts at a turnaround, it is our position that Kenya Airways recovery cannot be left in the hands of those who oversaw its downward spiral”, said Captain Paul Gichinga, KALPA Secretary General and Chief Executive.
KALPA’s position on Kenya Airways' Recovery resonates with the recommendations contained in a report issued by the Select Committee on Inquiry into Affairs of Kenya Airways last month.
The report, which was endorsed by the Senate, calls for among other things, the disbandment of the airline’s leadership team, and engagement of experts with sound knowledge and experience in commercial aviation. No tangible action has so far been taken on the report recommendations.
KALPA has in recent years publicly raised its growing concerns on the deteriorating state of affairs in the management of the national carrier.
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“It is imperative to note that a report released on 3rd December 2015 by the Senate Select Committee on Inquiry calls out ineffective leadership, questionable business strategies and operational ills as contributory factors that led to the historic KES 25.7 billion loss reported by the airline, in the year ended March 2015. (reported a half year loss KES 10.5 billion as of 31st September 2015),” says Captain Gichinga.
According to KALPA, steering Kenya Airways back to prosperity should be a top-most priority for all the airline’s stakeholders. It insists that superficial changes within the current management (as has been reported lately in the media) defy any logic, and at best retain a status quo, benefitting a select few; at worst, these may well sound the death knell on the pride of Africa.
“Our position, first articulated in September 2012, and reaffirmed in July 2015, remains unchanged: KALPA has no faith in the current management’s ability to steer Kenya Airways to prosperity,” added Captain Paul Gichinga
KALPA added that the interests of the airline’s stakeholders need to be looked at, and especially against the backdrop of the Senate Select Committee Report, which effectively corroborates the issues that the association has been raising since 2012.
“While we strongly believe that Kenya Airways has the ability to weather the current storm, it is crystal clear that the current management is not sufficiently equipped to safely see The Pride of Africa through the current turbulence," adds Captain Gichinga.
Further, KALPA wishes to inform all the airline’s stakeholders that should the above officials fail to tender their resignations within 7 days of this notice, the association will pursue other options to ensure a change in tide in the airline’s operations.
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