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The Rot at Zambian Airways: The Board clears CEO of wrong doings

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The Board of Directors of Zambia Airways has resolved that allegations of abuse of workers rights leveled against Ethiopian CEO Bruk Endeshaw are unfounded.

After a special Board meeting convened on Friday last week to deliberate on the findings and recommendations of the Special Committee constituted to inquire into the allegations against the Chief Executive Officer, the Board established that a number of the allegations made were not substantiated.

The Board further established that the allegations could not be substantiated said this could not therefore be the basis for any action against Mr Endeshaw.

According to Board Chairperson Bonaventure Mutale, the Board also noted that the employees’ conduct was reprehensible as they did not have any right to demand for the removal of the Chief Executive Officer and resolved that most of the Special Committee’s recommendations will be implemented later after the operationalisation of the Airline.

He accused the employees of staging an illegal strike adding that disciplinary action will be meted out in due course in accordance with the Conditions of Service and the Disciplinary Code.

Mr. Mutale said the launch of the Airline is only five weeks away hence it is imperative that this process is not disrupted in any manner whatsoever.

Among the recommendations made by the Special Committee were that all employees should be inducted on the Company’s Conditions of Service and the Disciplinary Code and that the Chief Executive Officer and the Executive Team should undergo a corporate governance training program.

STATEMENT BY THE BOARD OF ZAMBIA AIRWAYS LIMITED

Lusaka, 22nd October 2022 – As earlier advised, the Board of Directors of Zambia Airways convened a Special Board Meeting on the 20th October 2021 to deliberate on the findings and recommendations of the Special Committee that was constituted to inquire into the allegations made by a group of 8 employees against the Chief Executive Officer.

The Board noted observations of the Special Committee that a number of the allegations made by the employees were not substantiated and could not therefore be the basis for any action against the Chief Executive Officer.

The Board also noted that the employees’ conduct was reprehensible as they did not have any right to demand for the removal of the Chief Executive Officer.

The Board further resolved that most of the Special Committee’s recommendations will be implemented later after the operationalisation of the Airline. The Board also noted that the launch of the Airline is only five weeks away and that, it was therefore imperative that this process is not disrupted in any manner whatsoever. The Board also resolved that the Company and all the Staff should direct their energies towards this goal.

The Board further noted that the group of 8 employees had staged an illegal strike and that disciplinary action will be meted out in due course in accordance with the Conditions of Service and the Disciplinary Code. The following are some of the recommendations made by the Special Committee:

i. That all employees should be inducted on the Company’s Conditions of Service and the Disciplinary Code;

ii. That the Chief Executive Officer and the Executive Team should undergo a corporate governance training program.

Ends

Issued by: (Original signed)
Bonaventure C. Mutale, SC
CHAIRMAN

22 COMMENTS

  1. Problems created by PF will be with us for a long time. Founded or un founded may mean the same thing, it all depends on where you are sitting

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  2. With the dawn of a new administration, lazy employees thought they find solace. Zambians are lazy and when disciplined they rush to Political leaders to falsify stories against their employers especially the Chinese.

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  3. LT stop blocking comments Lungu lost despite this tactic. You have now been given this new freedom you should promote it, Have you not learnt a lesson from Lungu’s defeat.?

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  4. Zambians are not lazy, it’s our leaders who always side with foreigners. Foreigners won’t build this country for us, they hv sold big hectares of land to foreigners in the name tht they’ll make this country a heaven. We’re being exploited to the bone, whn u react u labelled as being lazy. Foreigners will always rate us lazy bt how do their businesses make profits if the one doing all the donkey jobs is lazy.
    Our leadership are a disappointment.

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  5. WHAO ,
    THIS IS FANTASTIC IF IT IS THE GOSPEL TRUTH AND WE PRAISE OUR GOD
    1. WHERE ARE THE PLANES TO BE LAUNCHED ?
    2. THE OFFICES AND OFFICERS SHOULDN’T THEY BE IN THEIR DESKS AT THE AIRPORT, BUT AS OF NOW THE SPACES ARE EMPTY ??
    3. WE UNDERSTAND MEMBERS OF STAFF HAVE UNERGONE TRAINING IN ETHOPIA SHOULD THEY NOT BE VISIBLE IF WE FIVE WEEKS TO LAUNCH ?
    GOD BLESS OUR COUNTRY AND THE NEW FLAG CARRIER!!!!

  6. Most of our problems are self inflicted because we value the harvester more than our own people. A Zambian can die in any part of the world and our government’s response would be “what was he doing there, he should have been at home”. We need to start loving ourselves a little. When we had nkwazi flying it was Zambia not UNIP. It may be a project started by PF but the mandate is now with UPND to make this thing work. Maybe GRZ should give then that challenger jet to start flying business people across the country to make use of it. They can at least do some rehearsals.

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  7. You mean sir you convened a Special Board Meeting but without an internal investigation decided he be cleared? Come now where is the justification of such an action and now you threatening disciplinary measures? Have you bothered to understand why they went on strike other than wishing the cEo gone???/ Nah we smell a rat banene

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  8. Why would the airline implement full conditions of service before its operational……….. Thanks Board for the decisions

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  9. Am not worried with this Ethiopian/Zambian airways merger, as HH is still coming here to for people dissolve also. Let them abuse so long so we have more evidence. As much as I know, Zambian Airways can never have a foreign CEO. Atleast not under HH rule. So long, keep reading headlines bane.

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  10. This entire Zambian Airways thing is an Edgar China Lungu thing, and therefore nobody can be trusted. And the whole idea of having a national airline is ludicrous. HH you can STILL stop this thing from taking off!

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  11. Who is paying this board sitting allowances…you have a board and directors for an airline with no planes. Dissolve this board immediately and shelf this idea, the President was always against this idea in opposition why still keep….we want our $30 million.

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  12. Is this rubbish zambia airways plan still on the table? how do people that do not even work go on strike? can Bally et el please stop embarrassing themselves by continuing this pf joke

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  13. Iwe No corruptin zambia does pf own Zambia Airways and even upnd does not own Zambia Airways. This is nation airline u unreasonable people . Let us support our industries. Think deep and dont be in colonial era . Wake up and Build Zambia on our own.

  14. “Chief Executive Officer and the Executive Team should undergo a corporate governance training program”. End of quote. There you have it! This statement from Bonaventure means that ZA has an expatriate CEO and an executive team that are ill equipped in corporate governance. And you want to start a new airline in the midst of a covid pandemic with such. Surely, there is everything wrong with us as a country.

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