The departure of former Air Botswana (AB) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sakhile Reilling-Nyoni has opened a can of worms for the troubled National Airline.
Skeletons have begun to tumble out of the closet and at the centre of it all is the alleged unpopular appointment of the airline’s Finance Director Mphi Tlhomelang to the hot seat.
The Voice has established that the AB board was last week divided over who to appoint to the top post between Tlhomelang and the current Commercial Director, Joe Motse.
Tlhomelang eventually got the nod something which reports suggests has polarized the AB staff who had expected long serving Motse to ascend to the top.
Meanwhile this publication has further established that AB is on the verge of re-opening some of its regional offices which were closed for financial constraints reasons while on the other hand the same airline is struggling to keep some offices, including the strategic Nairobi office open.
“There are no staff members in Lusaka, Zambia because the two women working there were hired fraudulently by a senior AB staff member without following any HR processes and therefore had to be let go,” said a reliable source who asked not to be named.
A number of other regional offices have also suddenly shut down leaving the airline with a sticky problem of how to sell tickets in the region, the source further revealed.
Contacted for a comment, AB mouthpiece Thabiso Leshoai revealed that Air Botswana had appointed a General Sales Agent (GSA) to represent its interests in Zambia as well as to administer sales activities in Zambia.
He said the GSA’s contract has since expired and that all sales activities were conducted by various IATA approved travel agents in Zambia.
“Air Botswana did not have permanent staff in Lusaka.
The airline only has office space at the Lusaka International Airport which is utilized for sales transactions and ground handling.
“These transactions were conducted by GSA,” Leshoai said.