I have read, listened and watched the unfolding events surrounding the once Pride of Africa, one of Africa’s best airlines, Kenya Airways and all I see is desperation, tears, anger and tantrums being thrown with no solutions forthcoming.
Kenya Airways is dead, some say. Kenya Airways is in the Intensive Care Unit, others scream. Kenya Airways is dead, buried and forgotten and should be left to rest in peace, some have the audacity to strongly say. But among all these online outbursts, no one has clearly come out with the solutions or stating what exactly the problem is.
Already the pilots affiliated to the airline have already issued a seven-day strike notice. Their demand is that the top management should resign. The last time these pilots went on strike, the airline lost 200 million shillings on a single day. The management has already called the strike notice uncalled for and termed the demands issued by the pilots as unrealistic. Transport Secretary James Macharia has already declared the planned strike illegal calling it a planned economic sabotage.
The pilots appear to be serious. They seem not to relent on their threat to go on strike. The way the parties concerned are taking this issue, the strike is evident. This means that the airline is going to lose some more money. Already, people who had already booked their tickets are cancelling them and the airline is already feeling the heat.
On Sunday, the airline had already cancelled a number of flights due to insufficient number of the cabin crew. The airline is already losing millions as a result.
The truth is that Kenya Airways is ailing, it is sick but not in the Intensive Care Unit given that the airline has been making more than 150 flies per day of late. There are few questions that we as Kenyans need to ask ourselves before throwing the stones;
Trouble begun when Kenya Airways made a loss of more than 27 billion shillings. It became the first institution ever, whose most shares are owned by the government to make such a loss. People spoke. People cursed. People protested. With time, people forgot and things normalized and no one has ever been arrested.
The CEO by then was Titus Naikuni who upon relinquishing his position at the Kenya Airways was appointed Chairman of Airtel Kenya. Nobody really knows the real perpetrators behind KQ’s woes and most of the names mentioned are just on the basis of hearsay. No one has ever been brought to book concerning the problems facing Kenya Airways.
Kenya Airways is just too big to leave it die. This is our national heritage. Our pride. The flier of our flag all around the world. Should we just leave it to die like that?