Dennis Awori bows out of Kenya Airways' board

Amb Dennis Awori has resigned from KQ's board. PHOTO | FILE
Ambassador Dennis Awori has resigned from KQ's board. PHOTO | FILE 

Ambassador Dennis Awori has resigned as Kenya Airways’ (KQ) chairman after 11 months and has been replaced by former Safaricom chief executive Michael Joseph.

Major shareholders of the airline, Treasury and KLM, have made the boardroom change in line with a promise they made to KQ employees that heads would roll at the NSE-listed firm before the end of this month.

Transport Secretary James Macharia, while announcing Mr Awori’s resignation and his successor, reiterated that those found culpable of “theft and corruption” at KQ will be prosecuted where “the evidence is strong enough.”

“Mr Awori has been replaced by Mr Joseph who has extensive international experience and is best known as the founding CEO of Safaricom,” Mr Macharia said in a statement.

“On behalf of the government as the major shareholder of KQ, I thank Mr Awori for his leadership and dedication to the airline during his tenure and welcome Mr Joseph to complete the turnaround,” he added.

Strike threat

The Kenya Airline Pilots Association (Kalpa), which is made up of about 400 KQ pilots, had threatened to go on strike last week if Mr Awori and the airline’s chief executive Mbuvi Ngunze do not resign.