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Kenyan pilot gives his candid take on the ongoing Kenya Airways strike

By Winnie Mabel November 9th, 2022 2 min read

Media personality turned pilot, Tim Njiru, on November 9, 2022, gave his sentiments on the ongoing disagreements between Kenya’s national air carrier, Kenya Airways, and its pilots that resulted in a strike before matters headed to the courtroom.

In his statement, the pilot stated that time will reveal who between Kenya Airways management and the striking pilots is the imposter in the relationship.

“Every time there is a disagreement, the winner believes they solved the problem; and is happy simply because the fight is over and the loser stopped standing up for themselves. To Kenya Airways Pilots, I pray for grace in abundance, love and light to you,” began Mr Njiru.

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Media personality tuned pilot Tim Njiru
Media personality tuned pilot Tim Njiru

He went on to state that pilots can pray all they can but that time would reveal who “the imposter in this relationship is.”

“In thrust, we trust. KQ Pilots, “You have controls”. We can pray all we can, we can do what we have to, the fact is, time will reveal who the imposter in this relationship is. Time does that, and it does reveal without fail. Well, the truth is, the gap between the loser and the winner will widen and the love will be lost eventually. The relationship going forward will be a cheat, and that too has a shelf life,” said Mr Njiru.

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Media personality tuned pilot Tim Njiru
Media personality tuned pilot Tim Njiru

Mr Njiru’s sentiments came hours before the Nation reported that the Kenya Airways pilots had called off their strike.

The Kenya Airlines Pilots Association withdrew their strike notice and urged its members to resume work on November 9, 2022, following a court order directing them to resume work without having to face any consequences for their actions.

“Members are also urged to report to the Executive Council any incident of victimization or disciplinary action that may be taken contrary to the court’s orders,” the Pilot’s association said in their statement.

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A Kenya Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner on flight. FILE PHOTO
A Kenya Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner on flight. FILE PHOTO

The pilots’ strike began on November 5, 2022, and on its first day, over 12,000 fliers were affected as 56 flights were cancelled. Passengers remained stranded at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport before arrangements were made to put them up in hotels as a resolution to the strike was sought.

The pilots had gone on strike to push for the reinstatement of contributions to a provident fund and payment of all salaries stopped during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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