According to the breakdown of the invoices, government secured air tickets worth USD 18,186 (about Shillings 67.3 million) on credit in the 2014 to 2015 financial year. It also secured tickets worth 20,190 dollars (Shillings 74.7 million) in the 2015/ 2016 financial year and USD 17, 647 (Shillings 65.3 million) in the next financial year.
Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa is one of those who travelled on Credit
Travel Centre Limited has sued the government for alleged failure to pay more than US$
56, 000 dollars (about Shillings 207.3 million) for the air tickets issued to her
officials on credit. In its suit before the High Court Civil Division, Speedwing
Travel Centre Limited contends it issued the tickets in question to Foreign Affairs
officials between 2014 and 2017.
the ledger, the beneficiaries of the air ticket include Foreign Affairs
Ministers Sam Kutesa, Henry Okello Oryem, five Ambassadors and ten other
officials. The ambassadors are Nathan Ndoboli, Emmanuel Hatega, David Etuket, Charles
Ssentongo and the late Najuna Njuneki.
officials are James Galiwango, Joseph Barigye, Steven Nkayivu Ssenabulya,
Slyvia Kasoga, Nurh Byarufu, Abraham Peter Lokii, Julius Malinga, Juliet Okunia
, Dennis Tumukunde and Richard Kabonero.
contends that between 2014 and 2017, they issued various air tickets to the
foreign ministry officials on credit for travel abroad.
They also contend that
some of the money was spent on paying fines on flight cancellation by the
officials. According to the breakdown of the invoices, government secured air tickets worth
USD 18,186 (about Shillings 67.3 million) on credit in the 2014 to 2015 financial
It also secured tickets worth 20,190 dollars (Shillings 74.7 million) in
the 2015/ 2016 financial year and USD 17, 647 (Shillings 65.3 million) in the next
financial year. In its
document before court, the company notes that they have made several reminders
to the Foreign Affairs Ministry to clear the debt in vain.
Centre Limited says that it has been inconvenienced by the actions of the Ministry
and suffered financial loss, which has affected their daily operations. The company
wants court to direct government to pay the outstanding balance with interest
until the full payment is made.
their lawyers of Orima and Company Advocates, the company wants government to
pay general damages for the inconveniences caused to them. Government is
yet to summon the Attorney General to file his defence to the suit.
comes after President, Yoweri Museveni directed the Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana
Rugunda in 2018 to put in place stringent measures on government officials
intending to travel abroad after reports indicated that huge sums of monies are
spent on foreign travels.
In June 2020, the Finance Ministry issued a circular
reducing the budget of foreign travels by 50 percent; a move they said would
save government about Shillings 200 billion.