Kenya Airways staff members detained in Congo released, airline official and source say

Kenya Airways staff members detained in Congo released, airline official and source say
Kenya Airways staff members detained in Congo released, airline official and source say

Two Kenya Airways staff members who were detained in the Democratic Republic of Congo in late April have been released, a senior Kenyan Foreign Ministry official and an airline Source said on Monday.

Congolese military intelligence arrested two airline staff on April 19, allegedly because customs documents were missing on a valuable shipment. The company said it did not take possession of the cargo because the shipper’s documents were incomplete.

The two were detained despite a court ruling calling for their release, prompting the airline to announce in late April that it was suspending flights to Congo, saying the detention of the employees had made it difficult to care for its flights by the company.

One of the staff members was Kenyan, the other Congolese.

“We are deeply grateful to inform you that Lydia Mbotela, head of KQ in the DRC, has just been released by the authorities in Kinshasa,” said Korir Sing’oei, principal secretary of the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the website of social media

A Kenya Airways Source, who did not wish to be named, said Ms Mbotela’s Congolese colleague had also been released.

Congo’s communications minister, government spokesman and military intelligence did not immediately respond to Reuters requests for comment.

Kenya Airways said last week it was cooperating with investigative agencies and government entities in Congo and Kenya to ensure the matter was resolved.

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