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Court orders KQ to reinstate sacked Finance Director Alex Mbugua

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 7  –  The National Carrier, Kenya Airways has been ordered to reinstate it’s finance director Alex Mbugua who was sacked unfairly early this year for suggesting a review of the airlines deal with Dutch KLM.

Employment and Labour Relations Judge Monica Mbaru has directed KQ to take back Alex Mbugua in the same position by Monday next week.

While reinstating him to his position, justice Mbaru said the court found no justifiable reasons for the management to dismiss him.

“I find no justifiable reasons to deny the claimant primary remedy of reinstatement since the dismissal was unfair and ought not to have happened,” she ruled.

Mbugua had through lawyer John Njomo contested his termination on grounds that he had also questioned suspicious irregular ticketing practices in some overseas stations.

One of the stations in question include London.

However, the national carrier moved with speed to fire him on January 18, 2017 for alleged underperformance.

It accused him of intentionally skipping an urgent performance review meeting before the human resources committee on January 18, 2016 and termed it as insubordination.

In her finding, Justice Mbaru observed that Kenya Airways will benefit largely due to Mbugua’s vast knowledge in his area of work , internal systems and operations gained over the last 8 years, holding same post without any incident of indiscipline.

Mr Mbugua served as the Kenya Airways’ group finance director for eight years having been appointed in July 2008.

He was part of the management blamed for poor decisions that led to the airline posting a record Sh25.7 billion loss in the 2014/2015 financial year.

KQ’s management then was accused of making a series of poor decisions, including the ambitious Mawingu expansion project that led to excessive leasing of aircraft and left the company with a heavy debt load.

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