Pilots body issue strike notice if top KQ managers wont resign

Pilots body issue strike notice if top KQ managers wont resign

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Kenya Airline Pilots Association sec general Paul Gichiga (center) together with other members in a press conference in Nairobi. PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER NYAMUTA.

Nairobi, KENYA: Kenya Airline Pilots Association (KAPLA) has issued a seven day ultimatum to the Kenya Airways chief executives to resign or else its members down their tools .

In a media briefing in Nairobi on Tuesday ,KAPLA secretary general Paul Gichiga said that the association has decided to kick start their strike as from 18th October 2016.

He said this would take place if top management of the airline including chair of the board of directors Dennis Awori and chief executive Mbuvi Ngunze, wont honour their pledge and resign.

“We are today on Tuesday 11th October 2016 ,issuing a 7 day strike notice .We wish to inform all airlines stakeholders that KALPA’s members will from 5:00am local time ,Tuesday October 2016 down their tools until a comprehensive change of guard at Kenya airways is effected.” Gichiga said.

He said that following the recent revelation of exorbitant payouts to American consultancy firm ,the senate report on Kenya Airways (2015) and the recent forensic audit report by Deloitte, have unveiled ills in the carrier which prompts top management to vacate office immediately.

“We call for the immediate resignations of Amb .Dennis Awori and Mr Mbuvi Ngunze. We are not convinced that genuine efforts are being made to turn around the airline.” He said.

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They also complained of mass exodus of pilots from the carrier to middle east airlines due to uncertainty engulfing the airlines’ fate.