MP calls for pros­e­cu­tion of KQ man­agers over huge losses

‘If those who mis­man­aged NYS money are in court, even those mis­man­ag­ing the flag car­rier should be pros­e­cuted start­ing with CEO Mbuvi Ngunze,’ Gethenji says

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Central - WAMBUGU KANYI @joe­wambugu2003

Tetu MP Ndung’u Gethenji has called for the pros­e­cu­tion of Kenya Air­ways top man­agers over al­leged mis­man­age­ment of more than Sh50 bil­lion.

He said bil­lions have been lost in the na­tional car­rier, which has been record­ing losses, de­spite huge in­jec­tion of funds by the govern­ment.

“If those who mis­man­aged the NYS money are in court, even those mis­man­ag­ing the na­tional car­rier should be pros­e­cuted, start­ing with CEO Mbuvi Ngunze. Bil­lions in tax­pay­ers’ money has been lost,” Gethenji said.

The MP said the govern­ment, be­ing the ma­jor share­holder, must de­mand ac­count­abil­ity and trans­parency.

Gethenji spoke in Ga­tumbiro vil­lage, Tetu, on Satur­day. He was ac­com­pa­nied by for­mer Na­tion Me­dia Group CEO Li­nus Gi­tahi.

Gi­tahi, how­ever, dif­fered with the law­maker, ac­cus­ing the govern­ment and Kenyans of ne­glect­ing the air­line, lead­ing to the huge losses.

He said most politi­cians and govern­ment of­fi­cials use for­eign airlines for their in­ter­na­tional tours and later blame the KQ man­age­ment for the losses.

“Re­cently, Rwanda launched its own air­line and her Pres­i­dent or­dered all civil ser­vants to be us­ing it for abroad trav­els. Dubai started Emi­rates and they as­sisted it in mak­ing prof­its,”Gi­tahi said. “KQ man­agers can­not be blamed, be­cause the com­pany has been ne­glected by the govern­ment and Kenyans.”

He urged the govern­ment to of­fer the na­tional car­rier prac­ti­cal sup­port.

“The state must make a strate­gic de­ci­sion to lift the air­line,” Gi­tahi said.

He said fir­ing man­agers will not solve the prob­lem.

On Fri­day, share­hold­ers rapped the govern­ment for “threat­en­ing” the air­line’s man­agers and us­ing its mus­cle on the board to al­ter its com­po­si­tion. The re­sults of the vote will be pub­lished on Wed­nes­day.

/WAMBUGU KANYI

Tetu MP Ndung’u Gethenji (in cap) af­ter launch­ing the Huduma Kitchen at Wa­m­a­gana on Au­gust 7, 2015

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