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Kenya Airways Staff Released After DR Congo Detention: Flights to Resume

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  • CEO, Allan Kilavuka, announced the release of two staff members who were detained in the DR Congo at the end of April.
  • Despite the airline’s assertion that the detained staff members were innocent and the cargo in question was not handled by them due to incomplete documentation, they were held without contact and their phones confiscated.

Kenya Airways’ CEO, Allan Kilavuka, announced the release of two staff members who were detained in the DR Congo at the end of April. He also confirmed the resumption of flights to the country, which had been suspended during the ordeal.

The airline had initially reported that on April 19, two employees at its Kinshasa airport office were apprehended by the Military Intelligence Unit, DEMIAP, over alleged missing customs documentation regarding valuable cargo. The CEO reiterated their innocence, stating they were merely carrying out their duties following proper procedures.

Despite the airline’s assertion that the detained staff members were innocent and the cargo in question was not handled by them due to incomplete documentation, they were held without contact and their phones confiscated.

Kilavuka expressed gratitude to those involved in securing the release of their colleagues, particularly commending the efforts of both on-ground personnel in Kinshasa and those in Nairobi. He emphasized the airline’s commitment to supporting its employees and cooperating with the investigating authorities in both DR Congo and Kenya.

Reports indicated that one of the detained staff members was Kenyan, while the other was Congolese.

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