Mbuvi Ngunze set to step aside from KQ next year

Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer Mbuvi Ngunze has announced that he will step aside from the helm of the national carrier early next year.This move comes amid pressure by the pilots union members calling for his resignation over claims of mismanagement that resulted to the airline posting record losses for the past five years.

His resignation comes barely a month after board Chair Dennis Awori also bowed out of the company.

Newly appointed chair Micheal Joseph while acknowledging Ngunze’s resignation, says he respects the decision adding that the recruitment process will begin immediately.

Part of his statement read; “While I regret this decision, I respect his position. Mbuvi will stay on until a successor is found which is expected to take some months…”

However, earlier on, Joseph said that the National carrier had decided to retain the CEO following discussions with key stakeholders.

The Kenya Airline Pilots Association has been calling for the resignation of top seat holders at the airline of mismanaging the company.

Meanwhile KALPA Secretary General Paul Gichinga exclusively told Ebru TV that they have received the news in positive light and will be issuing a statement on the same.

Ngunze worked for the carrier for five years in different capacities including chief operating officer before being promoted to CEO two years ago.