The CEO of Rwanda Air John Mirenge has been dropped and replaced by Col Chance Ndagano in an acting capacity.
A Cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame on Wednesday removed John Mirenge as the chief executive officer of national carrier RwandAir, replacing him with Col Chance Ndagano in an acting capacity. Lt Col. Sylvere Munyaneza was also appointed the airline’s deputy CEO in charge of operations, replacing Jean Paul Nyirubutama, who was appointed to the airline’s board.
Yvonne Makolo Manzi, was appointed the position of deputy CEO in charge of corporate affairs. Though they has not been a clear reason to why Mr Mirenge was dropped as the CEO he has been credited for the expansion of the airline including the latest acquiring of two triple class wide-bodied Airbus A330 planes that are deployed on intercontinental routes.
According to the East African news website an internal probe earthed missing funds up to the tune of $2 million.
It was also reported that the Airline has been incurring heavy losses resulting from fines linked to fake entry visas carried by Nigerians travelling to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
Under the international aviation rules guiding the Global Distribution System, the fines are paid by the airline which carried the individual and the airlines are forced to pay a penalty of $30,000 John Mirenge has been at the helm of RwandAir since 2010 and is credited with steering an ambitious expansion plan.
His exit came in the week RwandAir made its maiden flight to Mumbai, India, and announced a route to Harare, Zimbabwe