The Minister of State for Works and Transport Fred Byamukama has today written to the chairperson of PAC — COSASE informing him that the top management of Uganda Airlines including embattled chief executive officer Jennifer Bamuturaki won’t be available for questioning because they are busy.
Byamukama said that while he acknowledges the good work of COSASE and the Auditor General’s report, due to several events happening at the Airline and some in advanced stages, the invited officials of Uganda Airlines can’t honour the invitation to appear before the investigative committee of parliament.
Byamukama told parliament that Bamuturaki and others as invited by parliament are finalizing different route charts that include Guanzhou – China, Entebbe – London and Entebbe – Mumbai. They need time to finish and produce good work to avoid further loss occurrence, the minister said in the letter.
“In this vain Hon. Chairperson, I wish to inform you that my Top Management will be available for any further engagement after 11th September 2022. Please note, all these endeavours are aimed at ensuring our young Airline flourishes without unnecessary interferences,” Byamukama wrote.
The COSASE chairperson Joel Ssenyonyi wrote to the ministry inviting Bamutaraki, the current CEO of Uganda and Cornwell Muleya, the former CEO, to appear before his committee which is investigating several anomalies raised in the Auditor General’s report.
While Muleya appeared before the committee today, Bamuturaki didn’t. In his submission, Muleya said Uganda Airlines was making huge losses because it was being underutilized and lacked strategic partners to enrich it’s business and operations.