By Our Reporter
The Ministry of Finance Permanent Secretary, Ramathan Ggoobi has warned that with the new board of directors for the Uganda Airlines in place, there should not be room for mismanagement and corruption.
Speaking during the inauguration of the new board of the Uganda Airlines at hotel Africana on Friday, the PS noted that Uganda Airlines ought to be the pride of the country, adding that it should be free of any scandals or else a gloomy picture would be painted for the national carrier.
“We have made huge investments into Uganda Airlines. We have invested more than shs2 trillion in it and this has been strategic. There are very few investments of that magnitude in this country and we have used money from public coffers. I therefore want to see effective and efficient management of this airline. This is not a request but a directive,” the PS said.
Adding, “From today, there is no room for corruption, mismanagement and wastage of resources because this is a strategic investment.”
He explained that by investing heavily into the national carrier, the government aims at reaping several benefits which can only be achieved with a sound board of directors and other management team members and staff.
He further urged the new board to make Uganda Airlines the airline of choice for Uganda, East Africa and Africa at large as this will change the narrative of ‘Africans have suffered with the agony of flying’
The new Uganda Airlines board executives include; Priscilla Mirembe Serukka, the Managing Director of Kairos Consult as its chairperson, Samson Rwahwire, Patrick Ocailap, Ebrahim Kisoro Sadrudin, a retired pilot, Herbert Kamuntu, Abdi Karim Moding and Barbara Mirembe Namugambe . The new team is replacing the old one which was sacked on the orders of President Museveni in May last year.
Last year, President Museveni directed for the disbandment of the board whereas contracts for some members of the management and staff including the CEO Cornwell Muleya were terminated while others were suspended and awaiting investigations.
The then board led by Perez Ahabwe was reportedly involved in a number of scandals including corruption and infighting involving the board, top management and officials from the Ministry of Works and Transport.
Files indicated that there was interference by board members in the day to day affairs of the national carrier with some of the board members accused of pushing for their own promotions for selfish reasons instead of safeguarding the interest of the airline.