After the pilots’ strike reached its third day on Monday, the Employment and Labour Relations Court in Nairobi summoned 11 members of the Kenya Airline Pilots Association (KALPA) for contempt of court.
In a ruling handed out on Monday, Lady Justice Anna N. Mwaure ordered the 11 to show up in court on November 8 in connection with the continuing strike that has left thousands of Kenya Airways (KQ) passengers stranded after the national airline canceled the majority of its flights.
The court order stated that the individuals listed below were to appear in court on November 8th to “show cause why they should not be penalised for contempt of Court for breaching Court orders issued by the Court on October 31st 2022.”
Capt. Timothy Njoroge, the KALPA chairman, Capt. David Magwa, the organization’s general secretary and CEO Capt. Mureithi Nyagah, the assistant general secretary Capt. Dzochera Warraakah, and the assistant treasurer Capt. Wilson Mathu were all summoned by Lady Justice Mwaure.
The secretary, Christine Kariuki, and the members of the Executive Council Capt. Murithi Ireri, Capt. Mathew Karimi, First Officers Joseph Migwi, Evelyne Nzongi, and Daniel Geita were also called.
KQ CEO Allan Kilavuka had earlier in the day warned striking pilots to come back to work or face being replaced. The airline anticipates the pilots returning to work before any discussions can be undertaken, he added, adding that the opportunity for negotiations has passed.
“Before we speak with the pilots, we want them to resume their jobs. Talks are out of time. Either they show up for work or we find someone else, “At a news conference, Mr. Kilavuka spoke.
Kilavuka said the airline’s losses and recurring harm would be the responsibility of the striking pilots, both individually and collectively.
He added that in order to prevent being again held prisoner by strikes, the airline will not hesitate to hire new pilots.