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Mirenge ousted as Rwandair undergoes leadership changes

Posted 6 April 2017 · Add Comment

Major leadership changes at Rwandair have followed a cabinet meeting decision chaired by the country's President Paul Kagame yesterday reports Hillary Muheebwa



According to sources in Rwanda, the long-serving chief executive officer of the national carrier John Mirenge, has been removed from office.
He has been replaced by Col Chance Ndagano, in an acting capacity. Col Ndagano is also the board vice chairperson of the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority (RCAA).
Mirenge has been at the helm of RwandAir since 2010. His exit came in the week RwandAir made its maiden flight to Mumbai, India, and began operations to Harare, Zimbabwe.  Mirenge was very much in charge earlier this week and played an active part in the airline announcements.
He has been credited for expanding the airline from five aircraft since his appointment seven years ago, to 11 aircraft currently. This includes two triple class wide-bodied Airbus A330 planes deployed on intercontinental routes. The airline also has three Boeing B737-700 among other aircraft.
In December last year, Mirenge was elected president of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) for 2017.
RwandAir is also planning to launch a direct flight to London, Gatwick in May. RwandAir’s maiden flight to Harare arrived on Wednesday, increasing the airline’s routes to Southern Africa to three.
Another military officer, Lt Col. Sylvere Munyaneza was also appointed the airline’s deputy CEO in charge of operations. Munyaneza replaces Jean Paul Nyirubutama, who was appointed to the airline’s board.
Yvonne Makolo Manzi, who has been the chief marketing officer of MTN Rwanda, was appointed to the position of deputy CEO in charge of corporate affairs at RwandAir. 
There were no immediate reasons for the removal of the airline's top executives, but some media sources say that mismanagement of resources and failure to contain financial leaks could be behind the changes. 
 

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