Pilots union renews call for sacking of KQ management

Kenya Airline Pilots Association
Kenya Airline Pilots Association Secretary-General Paul Gichinga (left) and Chairman Captain Njoroge Murimi addressing a press conference in Nairobi on July 27, 2016. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL 

The pilots union has called on the government to change the management of Kenya Airways to improve the performance of the loss making national carrier.

Kenya Airline Pilots Association (Kalpa) Secretary General Paul Gichinga has said the recent after-tax loss announcement by Kenya Airways of Sh26.2 billion in the year ending March was evidence that the current management could not turn-around the company’s fortunes.

“The historic loses are a testament to what we have been saying all along that Kenya Airways is in desperate need of new leadership and direction.”

KQ, as the airline is known by its international code had the year before recorded a Sh25.7 billion net loss.

Mr Gichinga noted that the carriers’ board was yet to implement the recommendations in the senate committee report that had pointed out the appointment of incompetent individuals to top management positions.

“The lack of decisive direction and leadership are greatly lacking and the incompetence is hurting the airline,” he said.