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New details have emerged on why the National carrier, Kenya Airways fired its former head of Procurement, Christopher Oanda.

Investigations by Kahawa Tungu have revealed that Kenya Airways decision to fire Oanda had got nothing to do with the move to hire five expatriates in the positions of Senior Managers.

It has been established that Oanda had ties with embattled former Finance boss Alex Mbugua who the court has since demanded that be reinstated.

In a statement through its Social media accounts on Tuesday, KQ weighed in on the Court’s decision thus;

“We understand that a decision was made earlier today by the Employment & Labour Relations Court directing the reinstatement of Alex Mbugua, the former Group Finance Director.
Our lawyers have informed us that they were not served with any notice indicating that the decision, which had been postponed from 4th October (when the decision was not ready) to 24th October (when the Judge was unwell), would be rendered today.
We are therefore still awaiting the formal court order.
In the meantime, the Company is consulting with its lawyers on the way forward,” read the statement.

Our source revealed that Oanda was reporting to Mbugua at the time KQ was experiencing huge losses especially through the leakages in the fuel procurement processes. He was the former Finance boss’ main man in the procurement dept. and they made several deals together.

Kahawa Tungu’s probe exposed that Oanda was Mbugua’s mole at KQ where his role was to ensure that the DPP had as little info on the former Finance boss’ involvement in procurement deals as possible. The two allegedly made lots of deals together

The office of the Director of Public Prosecution(DPP) asked KQ to find a way of dispensing Chris so that they could intimidate his procurement staff who would give information about Alex’s involvement in procurement matters.

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A meeting chaired by Francis Musila, the Director Ground Services was convened on October 12th at the finance board room where Oanda was pushed to reveal his source on claims that there was a scheme for premeditated outcome of the meeting. He was allegedly fired on basis of failing to divulge his “source” which is an offense according to KQ’s human resource regulations.

Upon Chris’ departure, the office of the DPP has been able to get crucial information on how money was siphoned from KQ to specific local and offshore companies.
 As part of the deal with the airline for his departure, the airline agreed not to pursue any criminal prosecution against him as long as he cooperates with the DPP in the Alex’s investigation and so far he has been very cooperative.
Mr Mbugua had claimed in his wrongful dismissal suit that he was terminated for raising the alarm over irregular ticketing practices in some overseas stations such as London, and for recommending a review of KQ’s relationship with Dutch national carrier, KLM.
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