Kenya Airways CEO Dr Titus Naikuni is a man under siege from Arsenal fans after he summarily sacked one supporter of the European football club from his company, Kenya Airways.
The facts are interesting.Â Kepha Bosire, until his sacking, was the corporate communications manager of Kenya Airways.
On October 5, Kenya Airways held the Maasai Mara Marathon. This senior corporate communications official decided to don an Arsenal Jersey some times late in the party.
Arsenal is sponsored by Fly Emirates, which KQ’s competitor in the global aviation industry.
Dr Naikuni, irked by this “clear support” to a competitor, publicly undressed the man (just like it happens in high school) and took the T-shirt away with him.
Days later, the man was summoned by the company’s brand manager and given a resignation letter (less painful than the dismissal one) plus a certificate of service.
Fly Emirates has no code share with KQ, neither are the two airlines in members of the same air “saccos” which operate through a system of code shares.
Kenya Airways is a member of the Sky Team (only airways in the continent) together with 19 other international carriers which includes Dutch’s KLM (the one Ruto prefers for Hague visits), Delta Airlines, Southern China Airlines, Air France among others.
Arsenal’s sponsor, Fly Emirates, belongs to another team altogether – the Star Alliance. This group includes Africa’s aviation giants Egyptair, South Africa Airways and Ethiopian Airlines.
Because Bosire has sued, it will be interesting to see how the case plays out. However, this writer has a background in Public Relations and can (take this to the Bank) promise you that Dr Naikuni, despite embarrassing the manager, acted with KQ interests at heart.
Bosire being a senior communications manager ought to have heeded to McLuhan (father of Corporate Public Relations) who told us in first year at the university: ‘You cannot not communicate’.
As for being an Arsenal fan, sad man, double loss!