Members of parliament have demanded that Government complies with a Parliament resolution and present a list of the Board of Directors of Uganda Airlines for scrutiny and approval.
The lawmakers questioned the competencies of those appointed to the board, saying that the process was not transparent. The matter was raised by Hon. Elijah Okupa (FDC, Kasilo County) during plenary sitting on 18 July 2019.
Parliament passed a supplementary expenditure schedule No. 2 for financial year 2018/2019, which included Shs280b to be paid for the first batch of six Bombardier CRJ900 aircrafts to be used by the national carrier.
The budget was passed with resolutions among which included; presentation of the Board of Directors of the airlines before the relevant committee for scrutiny and subsequent approval.
Okupa noted that whilst the board has already been appointed, the list has not yet been presented to the relevant Parliamentary committee.
“It has come to our knowledge that the Minister has not followed a Parliamentary resolution. We have a board which has not been approved as directed by this House,” said Okupa. He added that contrary to an assurance from government that Uganda Airlines would start operations by 1 July 2019, the aircrafts are still grounded.
Hon. Odonga Otto (FDC, Aruu County) accused government of appointing inexperienced people to serve in the Board.
The Minister of Works and Transport, Hon. Monica Ntege Azuba confirmed that the board has been appointed and promised that the list will be presented before the committee.
“Cabinet went through a process, it took about three weeks to approve the board. The issue of coming to the committee is unprecedented but it is not too late,” said she said.
She also refuted allegations that those appointed to the Board are not experienced.
“I want to inform members that among the Board is an aviator who was part of the task force so it is not true that the board members are incompetent,” said Ntege Azuba.
Uganda Airlines board members
The board of seven directors is chaired by Godfrey Ahabwe Pereza. Ahabwe is a former MP for Rubanda East constituency and minister of State for Local Government.
Transport economist, Benon Kajuna will represent ministry of Works and Transport while Godfrey Ssemugooma represents ministry of Finance
Other members are Catherine Asinde Poran and Rehema N. Mutazindwa, the two female nominees are from private sector while Charles Hamya and Stephen Aziku Zua, are also members of the board.
//Parliament of Uganda