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Discovering the Vibrant Charms of Addis Ababa!

Ethiopian Holidays, the tourism wing, of Ethiopian Airlines Group would like to extend its warmest welcome to Addis Ababa!

Addis Ababa, is a city that sits like a crown atop the Ethiopian mountains, beckoning you to uncover its layers of history, culture, and natural splendor. Ethiopian Holidays guides you to embark on a journey through the heart of Africa’s political and cultural epicenter.

Perched high in the Ethiopian mountains, Addis Ababa’s mild climate has acted as a magnetic force for centuries, drawing people to its embrace. Today, it stands as the headquarters of major international organizations, including the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, solidifying its position as a diplomatic and political hub.

As dawn breaks, imagine waking up in the luxurious Ethiopian Skylight Hotel, your room offering panoramic views that unfold like a masterpiece. The sunrise paints the city with hues of gold, and you find yourself captivated by the unfolding day below, where the airport’s plane wings catch the morning glow.

Venture onto the bustling streets, where coffee shops on every corner entice locals and visitors alike with the warm, aromatic brew that Ethiopia is renowned for. White-robed women gracefully weave through the crowds, their vibrant attire adding a burst of color to the waking city. This is Addis Ababa, a city that truly lives up to its name as the new flower of Africa.

A trip to the historic heart of Addis Ababa is a must, and Entoto and Unity Parks await you with open arms. Constructed over a century ago, Unity Park’s sprawling oasis spans 40,000 square meters, holding within its walls the political nerve center from which the imperial family once ruled. Wander among ancient Orthodox churches and let the Imperial Banquet Hall and Royal House transport you to eras long past. Discover the recently opened Friendship Park, where tradition and modernization seamlessly coexist. An open-air arena hosts cultural performances, children play in new playgrounds, and a small zoo presents native wildlife. It’s a testament to Addis Ababa’s ability to embrace both its rich traditions and the pulse of contemporary life.

As you leave the palace grounds, you lose yourself in the labyrinthine alleys of Merkato market. The dizzying array of spices, fabrics, and housewares creates a kaleidoscopic wonderland, and at the open-air Shola Gebeya, the sounds and scents transport you to another world. Street artists in Churchill capture landmark scenes of the city, offering treasured souvenirs of your visit.

Addis Ababa is a city that captures your senses at every turn. Marvel at great monuments at Arat Killo and Sidist Kilo, standing guard and honoring Ethiopia’s illustrious past. Seek respite in lush parks, where museums and artisans alike showcase the vibrancy of Ethiopian culture. Food vendors tantalize your taste buds with the traditional Injera bread paired with aromatic stews and spices.

As the sun sinks low, Addis Ababa truly comes alive. Restaurants serving authentic Ethiopian cuisine compete with cultural shows for your evening entertainment. Whether you seek activity or relaxation, Addis Ababa offers it all after dark. From serene memorial parks to lively outdoor bazaars, the city never ceases to surprise and enchant.

Ethiopian Holidays (ET-Holidays) ensures that the magic of Addis Ababa will stay with you long after your journey through this beautiful nation. The warmth, wonders, and welcoming people of Addis Ababa are sure to leave you enchanted, craving to immerse yourself even deeper on your next visit. This city awaits you, ready to ignite your senses and inspire your adventures. We wholeheartedly invite you to experience it for yourselves. Come, let Addis Ababa weave its spell on you. We hope to welcome you soon!

Zambia Airways Adds Exciting New Destinations to its Network

Zambia Airways, the national carrier of the Republic of Zambia, is thrilled to unveil its latest expansion with the introduction of new passenger services to East Africa. Starting on June 27, 2024, the airline will begin operating flights three times a week to two major cities: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. This new route reflects Zambia Airways’ commitment to enhancing connectivity and fostering trade and tourism between Zambia and East Africa.

The new service, designated as flight ZN 504, will operate from Lusaka (LUN), the capital of Zambia, to Dar es Salaam (DAR) and Nairobi (NBO). The flights are scheduled for Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. This schedule is strategically designed to cater to both business and leisure travelers, providing them with convenient options for planning their trips to these vibrant cities.

Flight ZN 504 will depart Lusaka at 08:00 AM and arrive in Dar es Salaam at 10:30 AM. After a short layover, the flight will continue to Nairobi, landing at 01:00 PM. This timing allows passengers ample time during the day to commence their activities in either city, whether it’s business meetings or sightseeing. The return flight will follow a similar schedule, ensuring a seamless travel experience for all passengers.

This expansion is a significant milestone for Zambia Airways as it not only broadens its network but also plays a crucial role in strengthening regional ties. The addition of these routes is expected to boost the airline’s growth and contribute positively to the economic development of Zambia and its East African counterparts. Passengers can look forward to experiencing Zambia Airways’ renowned hospitality and reliable service on these new flights.

DayFlight NumberDepart LUNArrive DARDepart DARArrive NBODepart NBOArrive LUN
Tue, ThuZN 50407:0010:3011:1512:3513:2015:20
SatZN 50407:0011:4513:0513:5015:20

“The network expansion is reflective of our mission of enhancing regional connectivity and making air transport services affordable for a wide range of customers,” says Thomas Woldesenbet, CEO of Zambia Airways. “The launch of services to Dar es Salaam and Nairobi will further strengthen the ties between Zambia and the two East African sister countries and foster trade and tourism.”

Source:   Travel and Tour World.  

Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism hails transformative 31st edition of Arabian Travel Market

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism (DET) has celebrated a successful week at the 31st edition of Arabian Travel Market (ATM), which took place from 6-9 May 2024 at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). DET was joined on the Dubai stand by 129 key partners and stakeholders from the public and private sectors, who held business meetings with delegates from around the world, showcasing the emirate’s diverse and innovative tourism offering to thousands of industry leaders attending the global travel trade exhibition.

This year’s ATM was held under the forward-looking theme ‘Empowering Innovation – Transforming Travel Through Entrepreneurship’. During the four-day event, DET highlighted the pivotal role played by entrepreneurs and small businesses throughout the city, and how Dubai’s travel and hospitality sectors have nurtured innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability to create new pathways for growth beyond traditional tourism. This strategic approach is inspired by the ambitious goals of the Dubai Economic Agenda, D33, to further consolidate Dubai’s position as a leading global city for business and leisure.

ATM 2024 provided a platform to build and consolidate relationships across the travel industry, and DET signed several strategic partnership agreements, including one with Emirates which will see the two entities work together to intensify international efforts and bolster Dubai’s mindshare as a hub for trade, tourism and investment. During an action-packed show at DWTC, DET made a number of major announcements, including the launch of the inaugural ‘Dubai Sustainability Industry Report’. Contributing to the ATM Conference Programme, DET spokespeople also delivered keynote addresses and took part in a range of panel discussions, including ‘The Potential of Cruise: Creating Swell in the Middle East’ and ‘Educating Young Entrepreneurs: Building a Career in Travel’.

Dubai’s successful participation at ATM 2024 follows a record-breaking year for its tourism sector, after welcoming 17.15 million international overnight visitors in 2023. As announced by DET at the show, this momentum continued in the first quarter of 2024, with 5.18 million international overnight visitors from January to March, an 11% rise over the same period in 2023.

His Excellency Issam Kazim, CEO of the Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), said: “The 31st edition of Arabian Travel Market was the most successful yet for Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism, yielding strong outcomes as we connected with industry leaders to discuss the future of travel and the latest trends transforming our sector. Guided by the visionary leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and the goals of the D33 Agenda, we have a clear objective to further advance tourism’s economic impact, including by leveraging innovation and entrepreneurship. At ATM we had the opportunity to develop a number of new partnerships, which are an important part of the strategy to make Dubai the best city to visit, live and work in. These partners, as well as all our travel and tourism stakeholders, play a critical role in achieving these goals, and we thank them for their support as we build on the knowledge shared at ATM.”

DET organised the largest ever ATM Hosted Buyers Programme, promoting Dubai’s unparalleled hospitality and offerings to a record participation of more than 540 buyers from 47 different markets and countries. With the support of stakeholders including DMCs, hotels, venues and attractions, the hosted buyers were able to enjoy a range of experiences and iconic locations in the city, including evenings hosted by Expo City Dubai, Real Madrid World, and Dubai Creek Harbour.

In addition to meeting DET and stakeholder representatives, visitors to the stand also had the opportunity to play ‘Dubai Pinball’, an interactive and engaging gaming experience that enhanced players’ familiarity with attractions and landmarks around the city, offering prizes for the highest scores.

Strengthening Dubai’s position as a global hub for business and MICE events, ATM 2024 was the biggest edition to date, welcoming over 46,000 attendees and more than 2,600 exhibitors from over 160 countries across four days at DWTC. Growth was recorded across all event verticals with exhibitor participation increasing by 26% YoY.

Source:  Hotel News

Chinese market a pillar of KQs’ global business.

A top Kenya Airways executive has described Chinese market as a pillar of the airline’s global business given its competitive nature and a promising future.

“We see a good fiscal year ahead since China’s aviation performance is robust, which has given us confidence in the Chinese market,” Julius Thairu, chief commercial and customer officer with the airline, said during an interview with Xinhua.

After entering the Chinese market in 2005, the Kenyan carrier flies weekly routes from Nairobi to South China’s Guangzhou city. Thairu said that next year, the 20th anniversary of the company’s entering the Chinese market, a new direct flight from Nairobi to Beijing will be launched.

“From capital to capital, and from Kenya to other African countries, easier transportation will bring us closer,” he said, adding that China remains Africa’s largest trading partner for 15 consecutive years.

Kenya is China’s largest trading partner in East Africa, while China is Kenya’s largest trading partner and source of imports.

Tourism resources

With its rich tourism resources and eased visa policy for foreign visitors, Kenya has become a popular destination for Chinese tourists. Thairu said KQ is partnering with several Chinese airlines on interline agreements, ground operations, and code sharing. It has been recruiting Chinese-speaking cabin crews to better serve the expanding market.

After visiting Beijing to attend the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in 2006, Thairu has been to cities like Shanghai, Guangzhou and Changsha, and was amazed at how modern those cities are.      


Tourists visiting Kenya to be charged Sh20 for tree planting.

Every tourist visiting Kenya will soon be charged Sh20 for buying tree seedlings.

Dr Alfred Mutua, the Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife, made the revelation on May 9.

Speaking during a reception hosted by the Australian High Commissioner to Kenya, Jenny Da Rin, to announce plans by an Australian tourism company, Intrepid, to expand in East Africa, Dr Mutua said his ministry was working on a framework that would see each tourist charged Sh20 for tree seedlings.

“Our plan as a government is that every tourist from any part of the world who visits Kenya will plant a tree. We are currently working on a plan through our ministry – the Tourism Board – where every tourist who comes into the country will be given a tree seedling to plant.

And we are saying that there will be a small fee of Sh20 charged to the tourist for the seedling. I think that’s a small fee for any tourist to part with. We want them to plant a tree and they can monitor it every time they visit Kenya. We want at least one tree per tourist,” Dr Mutua revealed.

Intrepid co-founder and chairman Darrell Wade unveiled the company’s plans to spread its tentacles in Kenya and East Africa.

Last year, Intrepid helped 5,000 travellers explore East Africa, and Wade says the company aims to increase that number through several strategies that will include deepening its vertical integration to expand into areas such as accommodation to increase its presence in key countries in the region – Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda.

“East Africa is home to rich biodiversity and cultures. Through sustainable travel practices, visitors can engage responsibly with East Africa’s natural wonders and leave a positive footprint for generations to come.

Tourism activities must emphasise responsible practices that protect habitats and wildlife while supporting culture and promoting sustainable livelihoods within communities. Balancing economic growth with environmental and social concerns is critical, as is educating travellers about responsible behaviour and promoting community involvement in tourism planning and management,” said Wade.

Speaking at the reception, the new Australian High Commissioner, Jenny Da Rin, noted that more than 22,000 Australians visited Kenya in 2023.

“Our tourism-dependent communities here and in Australia rely on visitors for jobs and economic activity. It’s in our interest that Kenya and countries in Africa provide a safe and secure destination for Australians who want to come here. They have a good experience, and that helps them understand Africa and the links between our countries,” Da Rin said.

Since arriving in December, Da Rin says she has held talks with the Kenyan government about how the two countries can strengthen ties in mining, services, education, agriculture, health and tourism.

“To support these efforts, the Australian government has moved the Africa headquarters of the Australian Trade and Investment Commission, Austrade, to Nairobi and Australia’s Trade Commissioner for Africa – Scott Morriss – is now based here.

Source: NTV Kenya.

Intrepid Travel marks Kenya as part of its expansion plan

Australian adventure travel company­– Intrepid has Kenya on its cards in its ambitious expansion plan, as it targets to go into accommodation.

The firm, which prides itself as a responsible tourism company,  has announced plans to expand its operations in East Africa as part of its global ambition to double its global customers, with  target of achieving revenues of over $1 billion (Sh131.5 billion).

Intrepid, the world’s largest adventure travel company and leader in responsible tourism, currently employs 30 office staff and 120 local trip leaders in the region, and each year operates 450 trips supporting almost 5,000 travellers to explore East Africa.

Intrepid Co-Founder and Chair, Darrell Wade was in Kenya on a special visit last week, to meet with key stakeholders and to highlight the importance of sustainable and responsible tourism.

 Intrepid plans to deepen its vertical integration to expand into areas including accommodation and to grow its presence in key countries including Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda.

Plans are in place to opportunities in lodges, camps and beach property, Darrell said.

This, as Kenya’s international tourist arrivals are projected to grow to 2.2 million this year from the 1.95 million recorded last year, as the picks from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Earnings from the sector are expected to hit Sh359.1 billion this year and further increase to Sh396.1 billion next year.

Over the next 10 years, Africa’ tourism sector is set to grow by over five per cent annually, with Kenya and her East African neighbours expected  to tap a significant number in arrivals and revenue.

“We plan to invest in East Africa’s accommodation space in the next one to two years, as we target to have multitude accommodation investments by 2030,” Intrepid Co-Founder and Chair, Darrell Wade said.

 “East Africa is home to a rich biodiversity and culture. Through sustainable travel practices, visitors engage with East Africa’s natural wonders responsibly, leaving a positive footprint for generations to come.”

According to Wade, tourism activities must emphasise responsible practices that safeguard habitats and wildlife while supporting culture and promotion of sustainable livelihoods within communities.

Key challenges include overdevelopment leading to habitat destruction, strain on local resources, cultural commodification, and carbon emissions from transportation.

The firm plans to cut carbon emissions by half in the medium-term.

“Balancing economic growth with environmental and social concerns is crucial, alongside educating travellers about responsible behaviours and fostering community involvement in tourism planning and management, ”said Wade.

During a media briefing by the firm, Tourism CS Alfred Mutua said Kenya is keen to tap Australian tourists.

“We have not really marketed Kenya in Australia. We have a lot of marketing to do but the plans are in place,” he said.

Australian High Commissioner to Kenya Jenny Da Rin challenged Kenya to tap the huge potential in the Australian market, where travellers made nearly 10 million international trips last year, all over the world.

According to Deloitte’s Tourism Market Outlook, Australia’s outbound travel is expected to increase to 11.6 million this year, and grow to 13.1 million by 2026.

Australian travellers spent $60 billion(Sh7.9 trillion) on trips overseas in 2022-23.

“ We are spending more and staying longer than travellers from Europe, Canada and the US. Over 22,000 Australians visited Kenya last year making Australia one of the most improved source markets. Kenya needs to tap more this market,” Da Rin said.

Meanwhile, Intrepid plans to continue with its support for the local communities the Intrepid Foundation, which has raised more than $15 million (Sh1.9 billion)for communities around the world since 2002.

 In Kenya, the Intrepid Foundation works with Patinaai Osim to create sustainable livelihoods in Kajiado County for communities ravaged by impact of climate change.

They also support the East Africa Wildlife Society, which focuses on anti-poaching initiatives in various conservancies within the larger Maasai Mara National Reserve.

Source:  The Star

Tracing the ascendancy of African aviation and air cargo

Africa’s aviation and air freight sectors are experiencing a remarkable upswing, propelled by the continent’s economic expansion, urbanisation trends, and increasing global trade links. Projections indicate the African air transport market will see 5.7% annual growth over the next 20 years, surpassing worldwide averages. While challenges like insufficient infrastructure, connectivity gaps, and regulatory disparities exist, initiatives to enhance air cargo capabilities and catalyse regional integration are gaining momentum to harness Africa’s immense prospects.

The African aviation and air cargo industry is undergoing a remarkable renaissance, fueled by rapid economic growth, urbanisation, and the continent’s increased integration into global trade networks. As more Africans embrace air travel and businesses look for efficient logistics solutions, the sector is on track for unprecedented growth, resulting in a new era of connectivity and opportunity across the continent.

According to a projection by the World Bank, African economies are expected to grow by 3.4 in 2024. While a data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the African air transport market is projected to grow by 5.7% annually over the next two decades, outpacing the global average growth rate of 4.6%. This growth is fueled by a burgeoning middle class, robust economic development, and the continent’s vast untapped potential.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has recently announced that global air cargo demand continued its robust growth for the fourth consecutive month, with Africa experiencing significant expansion in March 2024, The IATA figures show that African airlines saw a 14 % year-on-year growth in air cargo demand in March 2024.

The growth in air cargo demand, particularly in Africa, has been influenced by various factors. According to IATA, the moderate increase in global cross-border trade and industrial production has contributed to the growth in air cargo demand. The rise in e-commerce activity has also played a significant role in boosting air cargo demand globally, including in Africa.

Furthermore, a notable shift from sea freight to air freight has been observed, especially for cargo moving from the Middle East to West Africa, as shippers opt for air freight to avoid the longer sea route. This longer sea voyage has become necessary due to the ongoing crisis in the Red Sea region, forcing ocean carriers to reroute their ships around the Cape of Good Hope instead of transiting through the Suez Canal. As a result, shippers are turning to air freight as a more timely alternative for cargo bound to West African ports from the Middle East.

Source: Logistics Update Africa.

Industry Makes Progress to Reduce Baggage Mishandling, New Survey Reveals

Reykjavík – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) today released a global progress report on the implementation of baggage tracking. Focused on IATA Resolution 753, which requires tracking baggage at acceptance, loading, transfer and arrival, the survey of 155 airlines and 94 airports reveals that:

44% of airlines have fully implemented Resolution 753 and a further 41% are in progress.

Regional variation in airline full adoption rates vary from 88% in China and North Asia, to 60% in the Americas, 40% in Europe and Asia-Pacific, and 27% in Africa.

75% of airports surveyed have the capability for Resolution 753 baggage tracking.

Airport preparedness for Resolution 753 varies by size*: 75% of mega airports are capable, 85% of major airports, 82% of large airports and 61% of medium airports.

Optical barcode scanning is the dominant tracking technology implemented by the majority of airports (73%) surveyed. Tracking using RFID, which is more efficient, is implemented in 27% of surveyed airports. Notably, RFID technology has seen higher adoption rates at mega airports, with 54% already implementing this advanced tracking system.

“Between 2007 and 2022 baggage mishandling reduced by nearly 60%. That is good news. But travelers expect better; and the industry is determined to make further improvements. Tracking bags at acceptance, loading, transfer and delivery will give the industry the data it needs to improve. Tracking reduces overall mishandlings and helps airlines reunite mishandled bags with their owners even faster. With 44% of airlines already fully implementing Resolution 753 tracking and a further 41% in progress, travelers can have even more confidence that their bags will be at the carousel on arrival,” said Monika Mejstrikova, IATA Director Ground Operations.

In 2022, the global rate of mishandled bags was 7.6 per 1,000 passengers, according to SITA. The majority of these were returned within 48 hours.

Accelerating Modern Baggage Messaging

Resolution 753 requires airlines to exchange baggage tracking messages with interline partners and their agents. The current baggage messaging infrastructure depends on legacy technologies using costly Type B messaging. This high cost adversely affects the implementation of Resolution 753 and contributes to issues with message quality, leading to an increase in baggage mishandling.

IATA is leading the industry’s transition from Type B to modern baggage messaging based on XML standards. The first pilot to test modern baggage messaging between airport and airlines is planned for launch in 2024.

“Adopting modern messaging is the equivalent of implementing a new standard, intelligible language for use by airlines, airports, and ground handling staff so they can effectively communicate about passenger luggage. In addition to helping reduce the number of mishandled bags implementation also sets the stage for ongoing innovations in baggage management systems,” said Mejstrikova.


IATA resolution 753 was adopted by June in 2018. In 2024, IATA launched a campaign to assist airlines with the implementation. The campaign focuses on collecting data on the implementation status of airlines and providing support to member airlines to develop and execute their implementation plans. This initiative underscores IATA’s commitment to enhancing operational efficiencies and standards across the industry.

*Airport size classification:

Medium: 5-15 million

Large: 15–25 million

Major: 25–40 million

Mega: >40 million

Source:  Tourism News Africa.  

Kenya unveils platform to woo more tourists from China.

Kenya is looking to grow the number of tourists from China while building more interactions between Africa and the Asian country.

This is through the newly launched Kenya-China tourism service platform that seeks to directly link Chinese travelers to the Kenyan tourism market.

The platform was announced on Friday during the China-Africa culture and tourism promotion and cooperation fair in Nairobi.

The summit also sought to deepen industry cooperation and enhance people-to-people exchanges.

Speaking at the event, deputy director general of Hunan Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism Shang Bin, reiterated that China seeks to organize further cultural and tourism enterprises to conduct  matchmaking negotiations and sign agreements on project cooperation.

“We want to also build a bridge of friendship between China, Kenya and Africa at large to boost the tourism sector figures,” Bin said.

China is Kenya’s sixth biggest tourism source market internationally,  contributing 5.5 per cent of total international tourist.

Last year’s annual tourism sector performance report shows arrivals rose from 1.5 million in 2022 to 1.9 million in 2023, a 31.5 per cent increase.

From January to August this year, visitor arrivals from China grew by 154 per cent, translating to 34,638 visitors, up from 13,601 recorded in the same period last year.

Kenya Tourism Board chairman Francis Gichaba commended the new strategy saying the country is keen in growing the partnership between Kenya and the Asian market to develop on what Kenya has already established.

“Kenya’s safari experience, rich cultural heritage like the Maa, Turkana derby and the camel derby, unique landscapes and snow caped mountain, beaches around the coast  line, whale migration and the fact that it is the origin of humans are some of the  tourist attractions that we have to leverage on in attracting the Chinese travelers,” Gichaba said.

“We are bringing in the media, tour operators to come and experience the  destinations, we are also in a digital world and we are using social media to expand the visibility and awareness of the market.”

He added that the country is in a continued recovery journey, coming from the Covid-19 pandemic, and is looking into the future in positive prospect.

The fair was part of the inaugural China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo (CAETE).

Source: The star

KQ resumes flights to Kinshasa after detained staffer released.

Kenya Airways Monday announced the resumption of flights to Kinshasa after an employee who had been detained there was released.

KQ Chief Executive Officer Allan Kilavuka reiterated their staff are innocent in the saga that led to the suspension of flights to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“We want to reiterate that our employees are innocent and were only carrying out their duties in strict adherence to the laid-out procedures. We stand by their innocence and will continue to support them.”

“With the necessary ground support in place, we are pleased to announce that Kenya Airways will resume flights to Kinshasa on 8 May 2024. We look forward to serving our valued customers once again,” he said.

The suspension of the flights to DRC had badly affected many operations in the country.

The Kenya Airways employee who had been detained by the Democratic Republic of Congo Military Intelligence Unit was finally freed on Monday after a two-week detention.

Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Korir Sing’oei made the announcement Monday evening after negotiations.

According to the PS, Lydia Mbotela, a KQ manager working in the DRC, was released after negotiations facilitated by Kenya’s Military Attaché and Charge d’affaires.

“Deeply grateful to inform that Lydia Mbotela, KQ Manager in DRC, has just been released by the authorities in Kinshasa,” Sing’oei wrote on social platform X on Monday.

“I commend the team at our Mission: our Military Attaché, the FRO and the Charge d’affaires, for this incredible work of negotiating our compatriot’s release.”

Kilavuka said the two were apprehended by the Military Intelligence Unit in Kinshasa for “missing customs documentation on valuable cargo.”

Kilavuka, on the other hand, faulted Kinshasa authorities for arresting the duo, claiming that they were being held in violation of a court order and that the cargo in question had not been uplifted or accepted by KQ.

As the situation deteriorated, KQ suspended its flights to Kinshasha, stating in a statement that it was unable to provide its services effectively without its employees.

The KQ boss thanked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs staff led by Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi for the release.

It has emerged the borne of contention was about USD8 million that was to be flown to Kenya from DRC, according to investigators.

The money belonged to a bank.

But the money allegedly went missing from the airport before it could be admitted into the airline as cargo and before the military officials arrived.

This prompted the move to detain the two workers.

Kinshasa gave in to the demands to release the workers before the flights were resumed even as the investigations into the claims went on.

The security officials there suspected the money was being used to fund resurgence there.

SourceThe Star.