Notably, the Auditor General's report FY 2020/2021 pointed out that without an approved staff structure, the recruitment of the 107 staff of the Airlines during the Financial Year under reviewed is rendered irregular, and affects proper planning and budgeting for staff costs.
Legislators sitting on the Commissions,
Statutory Authority and State Enterprises - COSASE have queried the appointment
of Jenifer Bamuturaki as the Chief Executive Officer – CEO of the Uganda
National Airlines Company Limited – UNACL.
The legislators led by the Nakawa
West Constituency MP, Joel Ssenyonyi on Tuesday also demanded management of the
Airlines to produce a harmonized staff structure within 30 days. It follows a shocking
salary structure and grades for the top officials at the national flag carrier.
The Committee commenced an investigation into the operations of the Uganda Airlines following
a red flag raised by John Muwanga, the Auditor General in his report for the Financial
The Airlines' Human Resource
Policies and Procedures Manual 2019 states that the Board shall approve the
level positions into which recruitment may be made, however, at the time of conducting
the audit, there was no official staff structure and any establishment to
assess staff status, recruitment and needs.
Notably, the Auditor General's report FY 2020/2021 pointed
out that without an approved staff structure, the recruitment of the 107 staff of
the Airlines during the Financial Year under reviewed is rendered irregular,
and affects proper planning and budgeting for staff costs.
It is against this background that
the Committee Chairperson, Ssenyonyi issued a 30-day ultimatum to the Airlines'
officials led by their CEO, Jenifer Bamuturaki up to September 16, 2022 to come up
with the proper structure which is approved by the Board, and present it to
in: “The heart of…//
Cue out…as a committee.”//
Yusuf Nsibambi, the Mawokota South Constituency MP tasked the Airlines' Board Chairperson, Priscilla Mirembe
Serukka, who, was represented in the meeting
by Herbert Kamuntu, a Board Member to explain the criteria they used to
handpick Bamuturaki as the preferred CEO.
In response, Kamuntu told the MPs that
prior to her appointment by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in April 2022, which
was confirmed by Gen. Katumba Wamala, the Minister of Works and Transport on
July 8th 2022, Bamuturaki, had good management skills after she volunteered
and worked as an aide to the CEO, and later acting as CEO for over 12 months before
in: “At the time of…//
Cue out…performance indicators.”//
Kamuntu revealed that the Airlines initially
contracted a recruitment firm to hire a substantive CEO, and received 40
applications from different candidates, adding that they abandoned the
recruitment process following a directive by the President which led to
Bamuturaki's subsequent appointment.
Further, the MPs were concerned and
demanded an explanation from the Company Secretary, Bisereko Kyomuhendo, explain
why the Airlines ring-fenced the position for Bamuturaki after receiving 40 applications
and spending Shillings 95 million towards the search for the new CEO.
According to the Auditor General's
report, during the period under review, the Airlines budgeted to incur Shillings
22.329 billion on salaries but, review of the Financial Statements and payrolls
for the same period indicated that Shillings 27.428 was incurred in respect of
salaries and staff expenses, implying an excess expenditure Shillings 4.919
To this end, the Auditor General’s
report revealed that despite lack of a salary structure, top managers,
especially from the Captain category employees were variably earning Shillings
65.2 million, 63.4 million, 62.6 million, 54.1 million and 38.2 million among
others. The MPs were also shocked that the former CEO Muleya earned Shillings 126
million every month while Bamuturaki now earns Shillings 87 million monthly.
The Auditor General revealed that the financial analysis of
the Airlines, it made losses for the FY2019/2020 and 2020/2021 amounting to
Shillings 102.442 and 164.573 billion respectively. The current
carrier began flying in August 2019, and it is a revival of the older Uganda
Airlines which operated from 1977 until 2001.
Ochola's journalism career begun from Radio King 90.2 FM in Gulu around 2009, and Radio Rupiny 95.7 Fm under Vision Group in 2012. He also reported for Mighty Fire 91.5 Fm, Kitgum in 2015 before joining Wizarts Foundation in 2017.
He has been reporting for Uganda Radio Network (URN) since 2017 before being posted as Bureau Chief Kitgum, and latr Gulu between 2018 - 2021. Currently, he reports from Parliament.