Dark clouds continue to hover over the national Airline after one of the senior managers resigned from his plum post.
The Director of Customer and Ground services Robert Mpabanga has ditched Air Botswana (AB) when he was supposed to be waiting for a disciplinary hearing.
Sources close to the AB management have indicated that Mpabanga’s resignation came just a week ahead of a damning disciplinary hearing. “It’s true Mpabanga resigned from his post.
He has already served the management with the resignation letters and he is just waiting to be served with his package as well. We wonder how his issue is going to be dealt with now that he has left the company.
It was just a week left for him to go under disciplinary hearing along other two managers,” said our source.
Two months ago we reported that the national airline suspended Lieutenant Colonel Chris Lempaletse, Director for Flight Operations) and Lieutenant Colonel Johnson Selerio (Director for Maintenance and Engineering) for gross mismanagement.
The two are reported to have been reinstated without any disciplinary hearing.
They were, along Mpabanga accused of failing in their duties something that led to flight delays, cancellations, reputation and financial losses.
The suspensions came just a week ahead of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) which is a pre-requisite for registration with the organization which the organization passed.
“Air Botswana remains on the IOSA register, and is also a member of IATA; however it will be interesting to see if this high standard is maintained past the end of October this year.
This can only be achieved if Air Botswana correctly closes the few findings that were made at its recent renewal audit.
Air Botswana is also required to obtain CAAB certification, and have applied for it. However CAAB is not able to finalize the application until other pending information has been submitted.
Failure to submit such information would mean that Air Botswana is grounded, and without an Air operators certificate,” disclosed a senior source.
On the other hand it has been disclosed that the board is facing an impossible task of identifying a substantive CEO for the national airline. The airline has failed to retain a number of CEOs over the past ten years, with the most recent resignation of Sakhile Reiling.
The Voice has further established that at the end of last year, the board informed the nation that they would be engaging management contractors to assist the airline to run more efficiently.
But three months after the tender went out; no management contractor has been identified.
Contacted for a comment AB spokesperson Thabiso Leshoai declined to comment on the issue of suspended three senior managers. He said the airline is in the process of appointing a substantive General Manager.
“The process of appointing a substantive GM has started. On appointing management consultant, the Airline is currently working the bid evaluations following the closing date,” he said.