Former KQ boss Titus Naikuni qualifications queried

Former KQ boss Titus Naikuni qualifications querried
Former KQ boss Titus Naikuni. PHOTO| COURTESY

The Select Senate Committee on Kenya Airways has raised questions over former Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer Titus Naikuni to head the national carrier.

During the proceedings, the committee put the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) to test to explain what requirements one needs to head an airline at the level of Kenya Airways.

KCAA stated that there were no specific regulations that determined the suitability of an accounting manager though adding that, having service in the airline’s board, Naikuni had the requisite experience for the top job.

It also emerged at the Senate hearing that the KCAA has been delaying inspections and certifications for airlines due to lack of capacity.

The Select Committee also raised questions over the airline’s decision to outsource a section of its cabin crew, via an entity known as Career Directions Limited.

During the released of its financial report last month, Kenya Airways announced that its pre-tax loss had grown from Sh4.86 billion ($48 million) to Sh29.71 billion ($293 million) in the year ended March 31st, 2015.

According to National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich, the airline will need between Sh 40 billion to Sh 60 billion bailout to facilitate its operations.

Naikuni left Kenya Airways in October last year before joining the board of Rift Valley Railways as the chairman.

Former Chief Operation Officer Mbuvi Nguze replaced him as the Executive Director, Group MD and chief executive of Kenya Airways.

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