The Kasilo County MP Elijah Okupa and Bunyole West MP, James Waluswaka tasked the board to explain why it has not yet appointed a substantive Director-General. The new board, chaired by retired Deputy Chief Justice Steven Kavuma was inaugurated on 25th June 2020, a few days to Kakuba's retirement.
Members of Parliament on the physical infrastructure committee have
expressed concern about the delays to appoint a substantive Director-General of
the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority-UCAA
The MPs were on Tuesday visiting Entebbe International Airport on Tuesday to ascertain
the progress and status of the 1.1 Trillion Shillings upgrade and
expansion of the airport.
Last year, Dr David Mpango Kakuba retired as Director-General and was
replaced by his deputy, Fred Bamwesigye who has served for eight months as acting
Director-General. The MPs also got to learn that there is no substantive Director
of Human Resource and Administration.
The Kasilo County MP Elijah Okupa and Bunyole West MP, James
Waluswaka tasked the board to explain why it has not yet appointed a
substantive Director-General. The new board, chaired by retired Deputy Chief
Justice Steven Kavuma was inaugurated on 25th June 2020, a few days to Kakuba's
James Kiggundu, a member of the board noted that the board failed
to appoint a substantive Director-General last year due to the disruptions
caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Robert Ssekitoleeko, the Nakifuma County MP, noted that the
committee will organise a meeting over the matter. This is after Joy
Kabatsi, the minister for state for Work, noted that the issue should not be handled
in the presence of the media.
However, Okupa insisted that the matter should be resolved before
the expiry of the tenth parliament.
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Kabatsi noted that the committee needs to keep track of what
happens in UCAA and also Uganda Airlines because they both lack executive
Cornwell Muleya has been the acting CEO of Uganda Airlines since
October 2019. He replaced Ephraim Bagenda who was a substantive CEO. Bagenda is
now the Director of engineering and maintenance.
Kabatsi says that she is however optimistic that the meeting with MPs will
push the boards to work and appoint substantive executive managers before June
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According to the Public Service Standing
Orders, 2010, on procedures for appointments, An appointment on an acting basis
is expected to last not more than six months" and therefore any period of
acting appointment "beyond six months will be null and void." It adds
that, “the person shall therefore revert to his or her substantive
post unless the appointing authority extends the appointment for another six
months. However, the extension "shall not exceed 12 months."