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  •   The Uganda Tourism Association UTA has called for the establishment of a committee to lead the return of Ugandan artifacts from foreign museums UTA President Herbert Byaruhanga made the call on Tuesday August 30 2022 when he and members of the association appeared before the Committee on Tourism Trade and Industries chaired by the Hon Mwine Mpaka According to Byaruhanga who introduced the 2022 Museums and Monuments Bill various artifacts from different archaeological and historical sites were taken by different entities such as the British and to date they have never been returned The Museums and Monuments Bill seeks to repeal the outdated 1967 Historic Monuments Act Among other things it seeks to provide for the development management and maintenance of museums and monuments and to formalize control and protect tangible and intangible heritage and collections of works of art Byaruhanga said it was a great achievement for a number of countries including the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC that are returning their stolen or poached items and called for Ugandan authorities to do the same AUDIO Mr Herbert Byaruhanga We only have paintings in museums The bill should start the process of recovering these artifacts We need to form a committee to inspect investigate and recover the artifacts that were taken from places like Bigo bya Mugenyi Ntuusi Bwogero and Nshogezi among others he said On specific provisions of the bill Byaruhanga proposes that the administration and management of museums or sites be done at the district community and under the supervision of a government department He is also against the proposal that tangible and intangible heritage be managed by different ministries and departments The management of the imbalu site is under the Ministry of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities and the management of the rituals is under the Ministry of Gender this confusion will affect the promotion and development of tourism He said Byaruhanga said that each city or district should have a monument for example the Bull in Mbarara and the Elephant in Gulu among others Honorable Hannington Musoke Wakayima MP for Nansana Township questioned whether it is not costly to repatriate artifacts These artifacts are expensive to maintain when they are returned there are several items that were once returned and some of them are still in boxes how can you help the committee see how we can work on them despite these challenges he asked him The Honorable Ronald Afidra MP for Lower Madi County said it is important that the association begins by sharing the profile of heritage that might have been taken from them by colonialists He says that as legislators this will help them in the process of searching for the artifacts AUDIO Br Ronald Afidra What are some of the legacies that the colonialists have taken We know these things were taken but what s the profile of those artifacts he asked him For the Kingdom of Bunyoro Kitara alone the British are reported to have taken more than 300 artifacts including the traditional nine legged stool a symbol of the throne
    Tourism experts call for repatriation of artifacts from Uganda
      The Uganda Tourism Association UTA has called for the establishment of a committee to lead the return of Ugandan artifacts from foreign museums UTA President Herbert Byaruhanga made the call on Tuesday August 30 2022 when he and members of the association appeared before the Committee on Tourism Trade and Industries chaired by the Hon Mwine Mpaka According to Byaruhanga who introduced the 2022 Museums and Monuments Bill various artifacts from different archaeological and historical sites were taken by different entities such as the British and to date they have never been returned The Museums and Monuments Bill seeks to repeal the outdated 1967 Historic Monuments Act Among other things it seeks to provide for the development management and maintenance of museums and monuments and to formalize control and protect tangible and intangible heritage and collections of works of art Byaruhanga said it was a great achievement for a number of countries including the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC that are returning their stolen or poached items and called for Ugandan authorities to do the same AUDIO Mr Herbert Byaruhanga We only have paintings in museums The bill should start the process of recovering these artifacts We need to form a committee to inspect investigate and recover the artifacts that were taken from places like Bigo bya Mugenyi Ntuusi Bwogero and Nshogezi among others he said On specific provisions of the bill Byaruhanga proposes that the administration and management of museums or sites be done at the district community and under the supervision of a government department He is also against the proposal that tangible and intangible heritage be managed by different ministries and departments The management of the imbalu site is under the Ministry of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities and the management of the rituals is under the Ministry of Gender this confusion will affect the promotion and development of tourism He said Byaruhanga said that each city or district should have a monument for example the Bull in Mbarara and the Elephant in Gulu among others Honorable Hannington Musoke Wakayima MP for Nansana Township questioned whether it is not costly to repatriate artifacts These artifacts are expensive to maintain when they are returned there are several items that were once returned and some of them are still in boxes how can you help the committee see how we can work on them despite these challenges he asked him The Honorable Ronald Afidra MP for Lower Madi County said it is important that the association begins by sharing the profile of heritage that might have been taken from them by colonialists He says that as legislators this will help them in the process of searching for the artifacts AUDIO Br Ronald Afidra What are some of the legacies that the colonialists have taken We know these things were taken but what s the profile of those artifacts he asked him For the Kingdom of Bunyoro Kitara alone the British are reported to have taken more than 300 artifacts including the traditional nine legged stool a symbol of the throne
    Tourism experts call for repatriation of artifacts from Uganda
    Africa3 months ago

    Tourism experts call for repatriation of artifacts from Uganda

    The Uganda Tourism Association (UTA) has called for the establishment of a committee to lead the return of Ugandan artifacts from foreign museums.

    UTA President Herbert Byaruhanga made the call on Tuesday, August 30, 2022, when he and members of the association appeared before the Committee on Tourism, Trade and Industries chaired by the Hon. Mwine Mpaka.

    According to Byaruhanga, who introduced the 2022 Museums and Monuments Bill, various artifacts from different archaeological and historical sites were taken by different entities such as the British and, to date, they have never been returned.

    The Museums and Monuments Bill seeks to repeal the outdated 1967 Historic Monuments Act. Among other things, it seeks to provide for the development, management and maintenance of museums and monuments and to formalize, control and protect tangible and intangible heritage and collections of works of art.

    Byaruhanga said it was a great achievement for a number of countries, including the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), that are returning their stolen or poached items, and called for Ugandan authorities to do the same.

    AUDIO: Mr. Herbert Byaruhanga “We only have paintings in museums.

    The bill should start the process of recovering these artifacts.

    We need to form a committee to inspect, investigate and recover the artifacts that were taken from places like Bigo bya Mugenyi, Ntuusi, Bwogero and Nshogezi, among others,” he said.

    On specific provisions of the bill, Byaruhanga proposes that the administration and management of museums or sites be done at the district, community, and under the supervision of a government department.

    He is also against the proposal that tangible and intangible heritage be managed by different ministries and departments.

    "The management of the imbalu site is under the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities and the management of the rituals is under the Ministry of Gender, this confusion will affect the promotion and development of tourism."

    He said.

    Byaruhanga said that each city or district should have a monument, for example the Bull in Mbarara and the Elephant in Gulu, among others.

    Honorable Hannington Musoke Wakayima, MP for Nansana Township, questioned whether it is not costly to repatriate artifacts.

    “These artifacts are expensive to maintain when they are returned, there are several items that were once returned and some of them are still in boxes, how can you help the committee see how we can work on them despite these challenges?” he asked him.

    The Honorable Ronald Afidra, MP for Lower Madi County, said it is important that the association begins by sharing the profile of heritage that might have been taken from them by colonialists.

    He says that as legislators, this will help them in the process of searching for the artifacts.

    AUDIO: Br. Ronald Afidra “What are some of the legacies that the colonialists have taken?

    We know these things were taken, but what's the profile of those artifacts?

    he asked him.

    For the Kingdom of Bunyoro Kitara alone, the British are reported to have taken more than 300 artifacts, including the traditional nine-legged stool, a symbol of the throne.

  •   Cornwell Muleya former CEO of Uganda Airlines has said that the national airline is not breaking even due to a lack of implementation of the business plan Muleya who stated that he was first appointed as a consultant by the Prime Minister appeared before the Commission of Commissions of the Statutory Authorities and the State Enterprise COSASE chaired by the Hon Joel Ssenyonyi on Wednesday August 24 2022 The committee is investigating the airline s operations in the wake of the Auditor General s report for the fiscal year ending in 2021 The former CEO said the airline currently flies far fewer routes and hours than they should in part due to the lack of alliances with other countries and airlines that would extend their routes to attract more travelers Muleya from Zambia further explained to the committee that what is currently missing from the airline is the structure and system to support its entire growth strategy Without critical mass the airline will not break even because you are still too small for the investment you have made The business plan has to be fully implemented for it to bring a return he said He said that the Airbus A330 for example currently flies 33 hours a month to a single destination and yet it is intended to fly at least 10 12 or 15 hours a day and the routes need to be opened up to create the feed into the plan of business At the behest of MPs Muleya said that as a consultant he earned shsh70 million and upon his appointment as interim CEO his salary increased to shsh118 million and then to shsh126 million when he was confirmed in the post He told the committee that he was kicked out of the airline over claims that he was corrupt and that things were not going well yet he was focused and determined to see the airline grow When I walked in there was nothing like Uganda Airlines here There was no plan no desk no papers Any I had to build the plan negotiate and this is not a small task I would go to meetings reading 300 page documents on airline purchases on my own he revealed On hiring at the airline Muleya who denied any wrongdoing while at the helm of the airline told the committee there were a number of external factors interfering with the hiring process and believes his lack of tolerance for corruption could have cost him the job He revealed that he had nipped in the bud a transaction originated by the then Commercial Director and now CEO of the airline He claims that in his previous role he had overbilled the airline by up to US 232 000 to pay Abbavater Group for public relations and advertising services Muleya currently on trial for disobeying orders from the Government Inspectorate which was investigating the airline s affairs was asked by several MPs including the Hon Martin Muzaale Buzaya County MP to explain the losses experienced by Uganda Airlines The Honorable Victor Nekesa one of 10 Army representatives in the House tasked Muleya with explaining whether in the early stages of Uganda Airlines they had projected that the airline would start at a loss and then recover You can t make a profit if you ve only opened nine routes out of 20 because your planes are underutilized If your planes fly five hours a day and are meant to fly nine or 10 hours a day it means you can t break even he added AUDIO Cornwell Muleya Again using the A330 flying to Dubai as an example Muleya said the plane had point to point traffic where Ugandans fly to Dubai and back on the same plane and yet the airline could partner to ensure that takes all the people from Dubai to Africa From the beginning we were discussing a cooperation agreement with Emirates so that they feed as a one way interline In this they give us passengers from Pakistan and India to increase point to point traffic these structures must be put in place he revealed
    Implementing a Business Plan to Save Uganda Airlines – Former CEO Muleya
      Cornwell Muleya former CEO of Uganda Airlines has said that the national airline is not breaking even due to a lack of implementation of the business plan Muleya who stated that he was first appointed as a consultant by the Prime Minister appeared before the Commission of Commissions of the Statutory Authorities and the State Enterprise COSASE chaired by the Hon Joel Ssenyonyi on Wednesday August 24 2022 The committee is investigating the airline s operations in the wake of the Auditor General s report for the fiscal year ending in 2021 The former CEO said the airline currently flies far fewer routes and hours than they should in part due to the lack of alliances with other countries and airlines that would extend their routes to attract more travelers Muleya from Zambia further explained to the committee that what is currently missing from the airline is the structure and system to support its entire growth strategy Without critical mass the airline will not break even because you are still too small for the investment you have made The business plan has to be fully implemented for it to bring a return he said He said that the Airbus A330 for example currently flies 33 hours a month to a single destination and yet it is intended to fly at least 10 12 or 15 hours a day and the routes need to be opened up to create the feed into the plan of business At the behest of MPs Muleya said that as a consultant he earned shsh70 million and upon his appointment as interim CEO his salary increased to shsh118 million and then to shsh126 million when he was confirmed in the post He told the committee that he was kicked out of the airline over claims that he was corrupt and that things were not going well yet he was focused and determined to see the airline grow When I walked in there was nothing like Uganda Airlines here There was no plan no desk no papers Any I had to build the plan negotiate and this is not a small task I would go to meetings reading 300 page documents on airline purchases on my own he revealed On hiring at the airline Muleya who denied any wrongdoing while at the helm of the airline told the committee there were a number of external factors interfering with the hiring process and believes his lack of tolerance for corruption could have cost him the job He revealed that he had nipped in the bud a transaction originated by the then Commercial Director and now CEO of the airline He claims that in his previous role he had overbilled the airline by up to US 232 000 to pay Abbavater Group for public relations and advertising services Muleya currently on trial for disobeying orders from the Government Inspectorate which was investigating the airline s affairs was asked by several MPs including the Hon Martin Muzaale Buzaya County MP to explain the losses experienced by Uganda Airlines The Honorable Victor Nekesa one of 10 Army representatives in the House tasked Muleya with explaining whether in the early stages of Uganda Airlines they had projected that the airline would start at a loss and then recover You can t make a profit if you ve only opened nine routes out of 20 because your planes are underutilized If your planes fly five hours a day and are meant to fly nine or 10 hours a day it means you can t break even he added AUDIO Cornwell Muleya Again using the A330 flying to Dubai as an example Muleya said the plane had point to point traffic where Ugandans fly to Dubai and back on the same plane and yet the airline could partner to ensure that takes all the people from Dubai to Africa From the beginning we were discussing a cooperation agreement with Emirates so that they feed as a one way interline In this they give us passengers from Pakistan and India to increase point to point traffic these structures must be put in place he revealed
    Implementing a Business Plan to Save Uganda Airlines – Former CEO Muleya
    Africa3 months ago

    Implementing a Business Plan to Save Uganda Airlines – Former CEO Muleya

    Cornwell Muleya, former CEO of Uganda Airlines, has said that the national airline is not breaking even due to a lack of implementation of the business plan.

    Muleya, who stated that he was first appointed as a consultant by the Prime Minister, appeared before the Commission of Commissions of the Statutory Authorities and the State Enterprise (COSASE) chaired by the Hon. Joel Ssenyonyi on Wednesday, August 24, 2022.

    The committee is investigating the airline's operations in the wake of the Auditor General's report for the fiscal year ending in 2021.

    The former CEO said the airline currently flies far fewer routes and hours than they should in part due to the lack of alliances with other countries and airlines that would extend their routes to attract more travelers.

    Muleya, from Zambia, further explained to the committee that what is currently missing from the airline is the structure and system to support its entire growth strategy.

    “Without critical mass, the airline will not break even, because you are still too small for the investment you have made.

    The business plan has to be fully implemented for it to bring a return,” he said.

    He said that the Airbus A330, for example, currently flies 33 hours a month to a single destination, and yet it is intended to fly at least 10, 12 or 15 hours a day and the routes need to be opened up to create the feed into the plan.

    of business.

    At the behest of MPs, Muleya said that as a consultant he earned shsh70 million and upon his appointment as interim CEO, his salary increased to shsh118 million and then to shsh126 million when he was confirmed in the post.

    He told the committee that he was kicked out of the airline over claims that he was corrupt and that things were not going well, yet he was focused and determined to see the airline grow.

    “When I walked in, there was nothing like Uganda Airlines here.

    There was no plan, no desk, no papers.

    Any!

    I had to build the plan, negotiate and this is not a small task.

    I would go to meetings reading 300-page documents on airline purchases on my own,” he revealed.

    On hiring at the airline, Muleya, who denied any wrongdoing while at the helm of the airline, told the committee there were a number of external factors interfering with the hiring process and believes his lack of tolerance for corruption could have cost him.

    the job.

    He revealed that he had nipped in the bud a transaction originated by the then Commercial Director and now CEO of the airline.

    He claims that in his previous role, he had overbilled the airline by up to US$232,000 to pay Abbavater Group for public relations and advertising services.

    Muleya, currently on trial for disobeying orders from the Government Inspectorate, which was investigating the airline's affairs, was asked by several MPs, including the Hon. Martin Muzaale, Buzaya County MP, to explain the losses experienced by Uganda.

    Airlines.

    The Honorable Victor Nekesa, one of 10 Army representatives in the House, tasked Muleya with explaining whether in the early stages of Uganda Airlines, they had projected that the airline would start at a loss and then recover.

    “You can't make a profit if you've only opened nine routes out of 20 because your planes are underutilized.

    If your planes fly five hours a day and are meant to fly nine or 10 hours a day, it means you can't break even,” he added.

    AUDIO: Cornwell Muleya Again using the A330 flying to Dubai as an example, Muleya said the plane had point-to-point traffic where Ugandans fly to Dubai and back on the same plane and yet the airline could partner to ensure that takes all the people from Dubai to Africa.

    “From the beginning we were discussing a cooperation agreement with Emirates so that they feed as a one-way interline.

    In this they give us passengers from Pakistan and India to increase point-to-point traffic, these structures must be put in place, ”he revealed.

  •   Parliament has granted Dr Abed Bwanika MP for Kimaanya Kabonera Division permission from the House to introduce the Contract Farming Bill which seeks to regulate contract and block farming in the country Under contract farming there is an agreement between a buyer and farmers to supply a specified quantity and quality of agricultural products at agreed price conditions on a specified delivery date In some cases the buyer supports farmers in preparation and other farming operations including the supply of farm inputs and technology advice According to Bwanika who presented the motion for the bill during the plenary session on Tuesday August 23 2022 the proposal also seeks to create a legal framework to govern the execution of transactions related to the sale of future agricultural products at mutually agreed prices and the provision of agricultural services between a farmer and a third party He also claims to prescribe the form of cultivation contract to regulate the conclusion of block farming contracts between owners of parcels of land to regulate the sale payment delivery rejection and pricing of agricultural products produced in accordance with a farming contract among others Bwanika said farmers face great risks from price fluctuations and if the bill passes it will mitigate risks and help farmers negotiate the best prices with buyers AUDIO Dr Abed Bwanika It will help farmers minimize post harvest losses because farmers will be directly connected to buyers so there won t be the question of looking for where to store their produce and that will help the farmers get other benefits from farming as an economic enterprise said Bwanika He also added that buyers will equally benefit from the law as they will connect directly with farmers negotiate the best prices and plan for the market He says that the bill also provides for block farming which will solve the problem of land fragmentation Block farming will help farmers benefit from individual farmers experiences when farming together Block and contract farming will help improve the environment in which farmers will produce will help farmers access markets and will also help farmers benefit from the parish development model he said Honorable Stella Apolot the Ngora district parliamentarian who supported the proposal to introduce the bill said contract farming is currently restricted to plantation crops such as tea and sugarcane She says that the profit margin and income of small farmers will be improved AUDIO Br Stella Apolot It will also promote good quality end products as both stakeholders have the same interest in success in terms of production and processing Direct contracting with buyers will increase competition which will lead to higher prices for agricultural products and therefore higher incomes she said Hon Pamela Kamugo Budaka District MP said the use of contracts has been attractive to many farmers because they are guaranteed markets and production support and it is also beneficial to buyers AUDIO Br Pamela Kamugo Farmers have a guaranteed market once the product is ready The farmer and the buyer also have security since the purchase and supply are assured she said Deputy Speaker of Parliament Thomas Tayebwa called on Bwanika to meet the requirement on the financial implications of the bill He also said that before submitting a proposal deputies should have a dialogue with ministries departments and agencies about the need for the bill
    House Grants Member of Parliament (MP) Bwanika License to Introduce Contract Farming Bill
      Parliament has granted Dr Abed Bwanika MP for Kimaanya Kabonera Division permission from the House to introduce the Contract Farming Bill which seeks to regulate contract and block farming in the country Under contract farming there is an agreement between a buyer and farmers to supply a specified quantity and quality of agricultural products at agreed price conditions on a specified delivery date In some cases the buyer supports farmers in preparation and other farming operations including the supply of farm inputs and technology advice According to Bwanika who presented the motion for the bill during the plenary session on Tuesday August 23 2022 the proposal also seeks to create a legal framework to govern the execution of transactions related to the sale of future agricultural products at mutually agreed prices and the provision of agricultural services between a farmer and a third party He also claims to prescribe the form of cultivation contract to regulate the conclusion of block farming contracts between owners of parcels of land to regulate the sale payment delivery rejection and pricing of agricultural products produced in accordance with a farming contract among others Bwanika said farmers face great risks from price fluctuations and if the bill passes it will mitigate risks and help farmers negotiate the best prices with buyers AUDIO Dr Abed Bwanika It will help farmers minimize post harvest losses because farmers will be directly connected to buyers so there won t be the question of looking for where to store their produce and that will help the farmers get other benefits from farming as an economic enterprise said Bwanika He also added that buyers will equally benefit from the law as they will connect directly with farmers negotiate the best prices and plan for the market He says that the bill also provides for block farming which will solve the problem of land fragmentation Block farming will help farmers benefit from individual farmers experiences when farming together Block and contract farming will help improve the environment in which farmers will produce will help farmers access markets and will also help farmers benefit from the parish development model he said Honorable Stella Apolot the Ngora district parliamentarian who supported the proposal to introduce the bill said contract farming is currently restricted to plantation crops such as tea and sugarcane She says that the profit margin and income of small farmers will be improved AUDIO Br Stella Apolot It will also promote good quality end products as both stakeholders have the same interest in success in terms of production and processing Direct contracting with buyers will increase competition which will lead to higher prices for agricultural products and therefore higher incomes she said Hon Pamela Kamugo Budaka District MP said the use of contracts has been attractive to many farmers because they are guaranteed markets and production support and it is also beneficial to buyers AUDIO Br Pamela Kamugo Farmers have a guaranteed market once the product is ready The farmer and the buyer also have security since the purchase and supply are assured she said Deputy Speaker of Parliament Thomas Tayebwa called on Bwanika to meet the requirement on the financial implications of the bill He also said that before submitting a proposal deputies should have a dialogue with ministries departments and agencies about the need for the bill
    House Grants Member of Parliament (MP) Bwanika License to Introduce Contract Farming Bill
    Africa3 months ago

    House Grants Member of Parliament (MP) Bwanika License to Introduce Contract Farming Bill

    Parliament has granted Dr. Abed Bwanika, MP for Kimaanya-Kabonera Division, permission from the House to introduce the Contract Farming Bill which seeks to regulate contract and block farming in the country.

    Under contract farming, there is an agreement between a buyer and farmers to supply a specified quantity and quality of agricultural products at agreed price conditions on a specified delivery date.

    In some cases, the buyer supports farmers in preparation and other farming operations, including the supply of farm inputs and technology advice.

    According to Bwanika, who presented the motion for the bill during the plenary session on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, the proposal also seeks to create a legal framework to govern the execution of transactions related to the sale of future agricultural products at mutually agreed prices and the provision of agricultural services between a farmer and a third party.

    He also claims to prescribe the form of cultivation contract; to regulate the conclusion of block farming contracts between owners of parcels of land to regulate the sale, payment, delivery, rejection and pricing of agricultural products produced in accordance with a farming contract, among others.

    Bwanika said farmers face great risks from price fluctuations, and if the bill passes, it will mitigate risks and help farmers negotiate the best prices with buyers.

    AUDIO: Dr. Abed Bwanika “It will help farmers minimize post-harvest losses because farmers will be directly connected to buyers, so there won't be the question of looking for where to store their produce and that will help the farmers.

    get other benefits from farming as an economic enterprise,” said Bwanika.

    He also added that buyers will equally benefit from the law as they will connect directly with farmers, negotiate the best prices and plan for the market.

    He says that the bill also provides for block farming which will solve the problem of land fragmentation.

    “Block farming will help farmers benefit from individual farmers' experiences when farming together.

    Block and contract farming will help improve the environment in which farmers will produce, will help farmers access markets, and will also help farmers benefit from the parish development model,” he said.

    Honorable Stella Apolot, the Ngora district parliamentarian who supported the proposal to introduce the bill, said contract farming is currently restricted to plantation crops such as tea and sugarcane.

    She says that the profit margin and income of small farmers will be improved.

    AUDIO: Br. Stella Apolot “It will also promote good quality end products as both stakeholders have the same interest in success in terms of production and processing.

    Direct contracting with buyers will increase competition, which will lead to higher prices for agricultural products and therefore higher incomes,” she said.

    Hon. Pamela Kamugo, Budaka District MP, said the use of contracts has been attractive to many farmers because they are guaranteed markets and production support, and it is also beneficial to buyers.

    AUDIO: Br. Pamela Kamugo “Farmers have a guaranteed market once the product is ready.

    The farmer and the buyer also have security since the purchase and supply are assured,” she said.

    Deputy Speaker of Parliament Thomas Tayebwa called on Bwanika to meet the requirement on the financial implications of the bill.

    He also said that before submitting a proposal, deputies should have a dialogue with ministries, departments and agencies about the need for the bill.

  •   The Minister of State for Finance Planning and Economic Development Planning Amos Lugoloobi has said that the government will now pay the Parish Development Model PDM money in installments due to cash flow problems Lugoloobi was on Tuesday August 23 2022 appearing before the Finance Committee chaired by the Hon Keefa Kiwanuka to respond to concerns of suppressed budgets from ministries departments and agencies among others According to the Government this year it is expected that each of the more than 8 000 parishes will receive Shs100 million that will be disbursed through the Savings and Credit Cooperative Societies SACCOS Committee members said that while the government promised to send money to parishes to date parishes have not received the money while others have received less than promised According to Bro Gerald Nangoli Elgon North County MP Ugandans waited in vain for PDM money until the planting season came and went He further said that although parishes were promised Shs17 million during the fiscal year 2021 2022 some people received only Shs9 6 million AUDIO Bro Gerald Nangoli They couldn t use this money because a parish can t share Shs9 6 million per parish Secondly the information that is circulating is that you reduced the amount that you had promised to people Why don t you give this money because it s planting season he asked Given this Lugoloobi said that it is not true that the Government has reduced the money under the PDM but that it has only changed the payment methods Lugoloobi says that in this quarter the government will disburse Shs25 million and in the second quarter another Shs50 million before ending with an additional Shs25 million in the third quarter making a total of Shs100 million this year AUDIO Minister Amos Lugoloobi On SACCOS receiving less than Shs17 million Lugoloobi said that those who received less will still receive the balance after their supplemental application is approved The difference between what was received and the 17 million Shs is what we haven t released yet Unfortunately this money was not allocated and it means that we have to come back here for a supplement of 112 billion Shs he said However members of Parliament were not convinced by the minister s statement on the disbursement of funds in installments According to Bro Paulson Luttamaguzi the MP for Nakaseke South giving money in bits will not adequately serve the purpose He says that planting seasons change and the government needs to look at this AUDIO Bro Paulson Luttamaguzi There s no money that s what they can t tell you You bring the money out of season and you bring it in pieces this is what we don t understand If I tell you that I give you a cow but you bring a tail is it still the same he asked him
    Uganda: Government alters Parish Development Model (PDM) payments and contemplates supplementation
      The Minister of State for Finance Planning and Economic Development Planning Amos Lugoloobi has said that the government will now pay the Parish Development Model PDM money in installments due to cash flow problems Lugoloobi was on Tuesday August 23 2022 appearing before the Finance Committee chaired by the Hon Keefa Kiwanuka to respond to concerns of suppressed budgets from ministries departments and agencies among others According to the Government this year it is expected that each of the more than 8 000 parishes will receive Shs100 million that will be disbursed through the Savings and Credit Cooperative Societies SACCOS Committee members said that while the government promised to send money to parishes to date parishes have not received the money while others have received less than promised According to Bro Gerald Nangoli Elgon North County MP Ugandans waited in vain for PDM money until the planting season came and went He further said that although parishes were promised Shs17 million during the fiscal year 2021 2022 some people received only Shs9 6 million AUDIO Bro Gerald Nangoli They couldn t use this money because a parish can t share Shs9 6 million per parish Secondly the information that is circulating is that you reduced the amount that you had promised to people Why don t you give this money because it s planting season he asked Given this Lugoloobi said that it is not true that the Government has reduced the money under the PDM but that it has only changed the payment methods Lugoloobi says that in this quarter the government will disburse Shs25 million and in the second quarter another Shs50 million before ending with an additional Shs25 million in the third quarter making a total of Shs100 million this year AUDIO Minister Amos Lugoloobi On SACCOS receiving less than Shs17 million Lugoloobi said that those who received less will still receive the balance after their supplemental application is approved The difference between what was received and the 17 million Shs is what we haven t released yet Unfortunately this money was not allocated and it means that we have to come back here for a supplement of 112 billion Shs he said However members of Parliament were not convinced by the minister s statement on the disbursement of funds in installments According to Bro Paulson Luttamaguzi the MP for Nakaseke South giving money in bits will not adequately serve the purpose He says that planting seasons change and the government needs to look at this AUDIO Bro Paulson Luttamaguzi There s no money that s what they can t tell you You bring the money out of season and you bring it in pieces this is what we don t understand If I tell you that I give you a cow but you bring a tail is it still the same he asked him
    Uganda: Government alters Parish Development Model (PDM) payments and contemplates supplementation
    Africa3 months ago

    Uganda: Government alters Parish Development Model (PDM) payments and contemplates supplementation

    The Minister of State for Finance, Planning and Economic Development (Planning), Amos Lugoloobi, has said that the government will now pay the Parish Development Model (PDM) money in installments due to cash flow problems.

    Lugoloobi was on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, appearing before the Finance Committee chaired by the Hon. Keefa Kiwanuka to respond to concerns of suppressed budgets from ministries, departments and agencies, among others.

    According to the Government, this year it is expected that each of the more than 8,000 parishes will receive Shs100 million that will be disbursed through the Savings and Credit Cooperative Societies (SACCOS).

    Committee members said that while the government promised to send money to parishes, to date, parishes have not received the money, while others have received less than promised.

    According to Bro. Gerald Nangoli, Elgon North County MP, Ugandans waited in vain for PDM money until the planting season came and went.

    He further said that although parishes were promised Shs17 million during the fiscal year 2021/2022, some people received only Shs9.6 million.

    AUDIO: Bro. Gerald Nangoli “They couldn't use this money because a parish can't share Shs9.6 million per parish.

    Secondly, the information that is circulating is that you reduced the amount that you had promised to people.

    Why don't you give this money because it's planting season?" he asked.

    Given this, Lugoloobi said that it is not true that the Government has reduced the money under the PDM but that it has only changed the payment methods.

    Lugoloobi says that in this quarter, the government will disburse Shs25 million, and in the second quarter another Shs50 million before ending with an additional Shs25 million in the third quarter, making a total of Shs100 million this year.

    AUDIO: Minister Amos Lugoloobi On SACCOS receiving less than Shs17 million, Lugoloobi said that those who received less will still receive the balance after their supplemental application is approved.

    “The difference between what was received and the 17 million Shs is what we haven't released yet.

    Unfortunately, this money was not allocated, and it means that we have to come back here for a supplement of 112 billion Shs,” he said.

    However, members of Parliament were not convinced by the minister's statement on the disbursement of funds in installments.

    According to Bro. Paulson Luttamaguzi, the MP for Nakaseke South, giving money in bits will not adequately serve the purpose.

    He says that planting seasons change and the government needs to look at this.

    AUDIO: Bro. Paulson Luttamaguzi “There's no money, that's what they can't tell you.

    You bring the money out of season, and you bring it in pieces; this is what we don't understand.

    If I tell you that I give you a cow, but you bring a tail, is it still the same?

    he asked him.

  •   The Minister of Energy and Mining Development Hon Ruth Nankabirwa and the Executive Director of the National Environmental Management Authority NEMA Dr Barirega Akankwasah disagree on the water levels in the Nyagak River in West Nile The two government officials appeared on Tuesday August 23 2022 before the Committee on the Environment and Natural Resources that was charged by the House of Representatives with the responsibility of determining the causes of the erratic power supply in West Nile The region which has not yet been connected to the national power grid receives electricity from the 3 5 MW Nyagak I hydropower plant operated by West Nile Rural Electrification Company Limited WENRECO and 8 MW thermal generators operated by ELECTROMAXX Uganda Limited AUDIO Minister Ruth Nankabirwa Minister Nankabirwa told the committee that the erratic power supply in the West Nile is due in part to fluctuating water levels in the Nyagak River in Zombo district which she said It forces the power plant to generate power as low as 1MW especially during the dry season against peak demand of 6MW All over the world hydrology affects power generation You can t exactly base it on the exact amount of water you will have in a given period because nature is nature and anything can affect water volumes the speed at which we are experiencing climate change is very high Nankabirwa said However Dr Barirega disagreed with the minister saying that the water levels in the river are above the levels required to generate surplus power For Nyagak I and II we carried out a full environmental and social impact assessment The flow analysis was performed and we confirmed that the water flow quality and hydrology of the river and the availability of water for power generation are fine to allow hydroelectric power generation with minimal impact on the environment said Dr Barirega Akankwasah AUDIO Dr Barirega Akankwasah According to our current monitoring the river s flow at this time is averaging 8 1 cubic meters per second as of July 2022 which is far in excess of the dam s maximum requirement set in six cubic meters per second So the flow of the river does not have any problem according to our assessment he added However he warned that water levels could be affected if West Nile experiences long unforeseeable droughts in the future Despite the disagreement Nankabirwa urged NEMA to continue conducting routine assessments of water levels at Nyagak and other hydropower plants and stop relying on past results that she said could be misleading This is a wake up call for us to continue to control the effect of climate change even with other hydroelectric plants so that the country is prepared for the worst she said To improve the power supply in West Nile Nankabirwa said that the Ministry of Energy has entered into agreements with ELECTROMAXX to remove the supply of fuel from the scope of contractual agreements to another service provider that will ensure a stable supply of fuel to the plant thermal As a long term measure Nankabirwa said transmission projects to connect West Nile into the national grid are in progress and the government hopes to have it fully connected by March 2023 Fort Portal Township MP H E Alex Ruhunda said that the government has no excuse not to raise resources worth Shsh 22 billion to restore power for the people of West Nile The chairman of the committee Dr Emmanuel Otaala proposed a meeting with the Minister of Finance Minister of Energy to resolve the energy crisis
    Minister and expert at odds over West Nile energy crisis
      The Minister of Energy and Mining Development Hon Ruth Nankabirwa and the Executive Director of the National Environmental Management Authority NEMA Dr Barirega Akankwasah disagree on the water levels in the Nyagak River in West Nile The two government officials appeared on Tuesday August 23 2022 before the Committee on the Environment and Natural Resources that was charged by the House of Representatives with the responsibility of determining the causes of the erratic power supply in West Nile The region which has not yet been connected to the national power grid receives electricity from the 3 5 MW Nyagak I hydropower plant operated by West Nile Rural Electrification Company Limited WENRECO and 8 MW thermal generators operated by ELECTROMAXX Uganda Limited AUDIO Minister Ruth Nankabirwa Minister Nankabirwa told the committee that the erratic power supply in the West Nile is due in part to fluctuating water levels in the Nyagak River in Zombo district which she said It forces the power plant to generate power as low as 1MW especially during the dry season against peak demand of 6MW All over the world hydrology affects power generation You can t exactly base it on the exact amount of water you will have in a given period because nature is nature and anything can affect water volumes the speed at which we are experiencing climate change is very high Nankabirwa said However Dr Barirega disagreed with the minister saying that the water levels in the river are above the levels required to generate surplus power For Nyagak I and II we carried out a full environmental and social impact assessment The flow analysis was performed and we confirmed that the water flow quality and hydrology of the river and the availability of water for power generation are fine to allow hydroelectric power generation with minimal impact on the environment said Dr Barirega Akankwasah AUDIO Dr Barirega Akankwasah According to our current monitoring the river s flow at this time is averaging 8 1 cubic meters per second as of July 2022 which is far in excess of the dam s maximum requirement set in six cubic meters per second So the flow of the river does not have any problem according to our assessment he added However he warned that water levels could be affected if West Nile experiences long unforeseeable droughts in the future Despite the disagreement Nankabirwa urged NEMA to continue conducting routine assessments of water levels at Nyagak and other hydropower plants and stop relying on past results that she said could be misleading This is a wake up call for us to continue to control the effect of climate change even with other hydroelectric plants so that the country is prepared for the worst she said To improve the power supply in West Nile Nankabirwa said that the Ministry of Energy has entered into agreements with ELECTROMAXX to remove the supply of fuel from the scope of contractual agreements to another service provider that will ensure a stable supply of fuel to the plant thermal As a long term measure Nankabirwa said transmission projects to connect West Nile into the national grid are in progress and the government hopes to have it fully connected by March 2023 Fort Portal Township MP H E Alex Ruhunda said that the government has no excuse not to raise resources worth Shsh 22 billion to restore power for the people of West Nile The chairman of the committee Dr Emmanuel Otaala proposed a meeting with the Minister of Finance Minister of Energy to resolve the energy crisis
    Minister and expert at odds over West Nile energy crisis
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    Minister and expert at odds over West Nile energy crisis

    The Minister of Energy and Mining Development, Hon. Ruth Nankabirwa and the Executive Director of the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), Dr. Barirega Akankwasah, disagree on the water levels in the Nyagak River in West Nile. The two government officials appeared on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, before the Committee on the Environment and Natural Resources that was charged by the House of Representatives with the responsibility of determining the causes of the erratic power supply in West Nile. The region, which has not yet been connected to the national power grid, receives electricity from the 3.5 MW Nyagak I hydropower plant operated by West Nile Rural Electrification Company Limited (WENRECO) and 8 MW thermal generators operated by ELECTROMAXX Uganda.

    Limited.

    AUDIO: Minister Ruth Nankabirwa Minister Nankabirwa told the committee that the erratic power supply in the West Nile is due in part to fluctuating water levels in the Nyagak River in Zombo district, which, she said, It forces the power plant to generate power as low as 1MW, especially during the dry season.

    against peak demand of 6MW.

    “All over the world, hydrology affects power generation.

    You can't exactly base it on the exact amount of water you will have in a given period because nature is nature and anything can affect water volumes...

    the speed at which we are experiencing climate change is very high."

    Nankabirwa said.

    However, Dr. Barirega disagreed with the minister saying that the water levels in the river are above the levels required to generate surplus power.

    “For Nyagak I and II, we carried out a full environmental and social impact assessment.

    The flow analysis was performed and we confirmed that the water flow, quality and hydrology of the river and the availability of water for power generation are fine to allow hydroelectric power generation with minimal impact on the environment,” said Dr. Barirega Akankwasah.

    AUDIO: Dr. Barirega Akankwasah “According to our current monitoring, the river's flow at this time is averaging 8.1 cubic meters per second as of July 2022, which is far in excess of the dam's maximum requirement set in six cubic meters per second.

    So the flow of the river does not have any problem according to our assessment,” he added.

    However, he warned that water levels could be affected if West Nile experiences long, unforeseeable droughts in the future.

    Despite the disagreement, Nankabirwa urged NEMA to continue conducting routine assessments of water levels at Nyagak and other hydropower plants and stop relying on past results that she said could be misleading.

    "This is a wake-up call for us to continue to control the effect of climate change even with other hydroelectric plants so that the country is prepared for the worst," she said.

    To improve the power supply in West Nile, Nankabirwa said that the Ministry of Energy has entered into agreements with ELECTROMAXX to remove the supply of fuel from the scope of contractual agreements to another service provider that will ensure a stable supply of fuel to the plant.

    thermal.

    As a long-term measure, Nankabirwa said transmission projects to connect West Nile into the national grid are in progress and the government hopes to have it fully connected by March 2023.

    Fort Portal Township MP H.E. Alex Ruhunda said that the government has no excuse not to raise resources worth Shsh 22 billion to restore power for the people of West Nile. The chairman of the committee, Dr. Emmanuel Otaala, proposed a meeting with the Minister of Finance, Minister of Energy to resolve the energy crisis.

  •   Vice President Thomas Tayebwa has said the government will ensure Indians in Uganda have peace and are treated as equal citizens Tayebwa made the statement on Friday August 19 2022 at the Nsambya Railways Ground where he was the main guest at the Pramukh Swami Maharaj centenary celebrations Pramukh is the founder spiritual teacher and guide of BAPS a major branch of the Swaminarayan Sampradaya a Hindu denomination Pramukh traveled the world to teach people about spirituality and positivity and was an inspiration to millions of people around the world with his motto In the joy of others is our own Tayebwa assured the support of the Indian community and asked for respect from the Indians We are also doing our best to ensure that Indians in Uganda have peace and are not treated as second class citizens but as equal citizens of Uganda with all the benefits said Tayebwa AUDIO Vice President Tayebwa was accompanied by the High Commissioner of India in Uganda HE Shri A Ajay Kumar He also commented on Pramukh s works and times saying that he worked hard for the joy of others and not for himself Tayebwa said that one cannot maintain happiness if it is only them and their families He has also shown us the virtues of hard work because he couldn t sleep he was always working but his life also showed us devotion to God He showed us that at any moment you can dedicate your mind to God whether you are alone or in the crowd He says Tayebwa also said that Parliament will pay tribute to Pramukh Swami who said that he was selfless and dedicated his life to serving and inspiring others for the good of the community Pramukh visited Uganda in 2004 and opened the new assembly hall at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu temple in Kampala
    Uganda: Tayebwa pledges support to Indian community
      Vice President Thomas Tayebwa has said the government will ensure Indians in Uganda have peace and are treated as equal citizens Tayebwa made the statement on Friday August 19 2022 at the Nsambya Railways Ground where he was the main guest at the Pramukh Swami Maharaj centenary celebrations Pramukh is the founder spiritual teacher and guide of BAPS a major branch of the Swaminarayan Sampradaya a Hindu denomination Pramukh traveled the world to teach people about spirituality and positivity and was an inspiration to millions of people around the world with his motto In the joy of others is our own Tayebwa assured the support of the Indian community and asked for respect from the Indians We are also doing our best to ensure that Indians in Uganda have peace and are not treated as second class citizens but as equal citizens of Uganda with all the benefits said Tayebwa AUDIO Vice President Tayebwa was accompanied by the High Commissioner of India in Uganda HE Shri A Ajay Kumar He also commented on Pramukh s works and times saying that he worked hard for the joy of others and not for himself Tayebwa said that one cannot maintain happiness if it is only them and their families He has also shown us the virtues of hard work because he couldn t sleep he was always working but his life also showed us devotion to God He showed us that at any moment you can dedicate your mind to God whether you are alone or in the crowd He says Tayebwa also said that Parliament will pay tribute to Pramukh Swami who said that he was selfless and dedicated his life to serving and inspiring others for the good of the community Pramukh visited Uganda in 2004 and opened the new assembly hall at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu temple in Kampala
    Uganda: Tayebwa pledges support to Indian community
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    Uganda: Tayebwa pledges support to Indian community

    Vice President Thomas Tayebwa has said the government will ensure Indians in Uganda have peace and are treated as equal citizens.

    Tayebwa made the statement on Friday, August 19, 2022 at the Nsambya Railways Ground, where he was the main guest at the Pramukh Swami Maharaj centenary celebrations.

    Pramukh is the founder, spiritual teacher and guide of BAPS, a major branch of the Swaminarayan Sampradaya, a Hindu denomination.

    Pramukh traveled the world to teach people about spirituality and positivity and was an inspiration to millions of people around the world with his motto: "In the joy of others is our own".

    Tayebwa assured the support of the Indian community and asked for respect from the Indians.

    “We are also doing our best to ensure that Indians in Uganda have peace and are not treated as second-class citizens, but as equal citizens of Uganda with all the benefits,” said Tayebwa.

    AUDIO Vice President Tayebwa was accompanied by the High Commissioner of India in Uganda, HE Shri A.

    Ajay Kumar.

    He also commented on Pramukh's works and times saying that he worked hard for the joy of others and not for himself.

    Tayebwa said that one cannot maintain happiness if it is only them and their families.

    “He has also shown us the virtues of hard work because he couldn't sleep; he was always working but his life also showed us devotion to God. He showed us that at any moment you can dedicate your mind to God, whether you are alone or in the crowd.” He says.

    Tayebwa also said that Parliament will pay tribute to Pramukh Swami, who said that he was selfless and dedicated his life to serving and inspiring others for the good of the community.

    Pramukh visited Uganda in 2004 and opened the new assembly hall at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Hindu temple) in Kampala.

  •   The Committee of Commissions Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises COSASE has embarked on a process of assessing the curriculum vitae and qualifications of Uganda Airlines senior management This followed the fact that the CEO of the airline Jenifer Bamuturaki did not present her academic papers before the committee chaired by the Hon Joel Ssenyonyi on Thursday August 18 2022 The committee is reviewing the Auditor General s report on Uganda Airlines for the fiscal year ending 2021 In his report the Auditor General cited issues related to pay disparities lack of a organizational structure and ongoing losses registered by the airline While the committee conducted its investigation the executive director was asked to bring her curriculum vitae CV and academic qualifications The committee sought to compare her qualifications with those of the advertised CEO position which required the ideal candidate to have a bachelor s degree with honors in any field and postgraduate training in management or any other business related course Although Bamuturaki had told the committee that she obtained a degree in Social Work and Social Administration SWASA from Makerere University in 1994 she said that she had never obtained her transcripts since then According to Bamuturaki she has been to the University three times recently to get her transcript but the University still hasn t located him AUDIO Bamuturaki When she was asked for her Ordinary Level results sheet she told the committee that she had lost it and that she was in the process of obtaining a new one from the Uganda National Examinations Board UNEB Ella bamuturaki said that she only has a letter and a certificate indicating that she obtained a degree She said that she has been using her certificate and that for most of her work she was wanted Ssenyonyi said there is a possibility that the CEO does not have the qualifications adding that it could be the cause of the challenges at the airline We asked her how she has been getting work and she said that they always look for her That is true because even for this recruitment process she spent money to recruit people but the process stopped and she was given the job she said AUDIO Ssenyonyi Mawokota South MP Hon Yusuf Nsibambi said the committee needs to take some time to examine the CVs and qualifications of Uganda Airline managers He said the committee is not asking the questions in vain but is intent on ensuring the airline is in good hands When the person in charge of the airline comes up with dubious and questionable answers we worry on behalf of Ugandans as an accountability committee he said The committee also commissioned Bamuturaki to explain why in 2019 she registered a writing poll to change her name from Musiime Jenifer Bamuturaki to Jenifer Arnold Lenkai She told the committee that she had simply changed her mind and did not complete the process while retaining her name Jenifer Bamuturaki Buzaaya County Deputy Hon Martin Muzale said that the fact that the CEO of the airline lacks academic documents could be the reason why he wanted to change its name For a CEO who runs a big institution like this makes a lot of money and you say for the last 28 years you don t have your transcript Once you pay UNEB they give you six days to collect the papers the University is the same I think we are dealing with a different person and not the CEO of the airline Muzale said AUDIO Muzaale Bamuturaki was also tasked with explaining her relationship with Abbavater a marketing and public relations firm hired to promote Uganda Airlines Ssenyonyi questioned the conflict of interest when it emerged that Bamuturaki was associated with Abbavater before joining the airline She said that she went to the same church community as the owner of the company and that is her only relationship with Abbavater and that she does not own shares However the committee said that before joining the airline Bamuturaki had signed some documents on Abbavater s behalf The committee handed Bamuturaki and Bagenda over to Parliament police over their dealings in hiring the PR firm but also over issues of inconsistency in their statements
    The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Uganda Airlines does not submit academic papers
      The Committee of Commissions Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises COSASE has embarked on a process of assessing the curriculum vitae and qualifications of Uganda Airlines senior management This followed the fact that the CEO of the airline Jenifer Bamuturaki did not present her academic papers before the committee chaired by the Hon Joel Ssenyonyi on Thursday August 18 2022 The committee is reviewing the Auditor General s report on Uganda Airlines for the fiscal year ending 2021 In his report the Auditor General cited issues related to pay disparities lack of a organizational structure and ongoing losses registered by the airline While the committee conducted its investigation the executive director was asked to bring her curriculum vitae CV and academic qualifications The committee sought to compare her qualifications with those of the advertised CEO position which required the ideal candidate to have a bachelor s degree with honors in any field and postgraduate training in management or any other business related course Although Bamuturaki had told the committee that she obtained a degree in Social Work and Social Administration SWASA from Makerere University in 1994 she said that she had never obtained her transcripts since then According to Bamuturaki she has been to the University three times recently to get her transcript but the University still hasn t located him AUDIO Bamuturaki When she was asked for her Ordinary Level results sheet she told the committee that she had lost it and that she was in the process of obtaining a new one from the Uganda National Examinations Board UNEB Ella bamuturaki said that she only has a letter and a certificate indicating that she obtained a degree She said that she has been using her certificate and that for most of her work she was wanted Ssenyonyi said there is a possibility that the CEO does not have the qualifications adding that it could be the cause of the challenges at the airline We asked her how she has been getting work and she said that they always look for her That is true because even for this recruitment process she spent money to recruit people but the process stopped and she was given the job she said AUDIO Ssenyonyi Mawokota South MP Hon Yusuf Nsibambi said the committee needs to take some time to examine the CVs and qualifications of Uganda Airline managers He said the committee is not asking the questions in vain but is intent on ensuring the airline is in good hands When the person in charge of the airline comes up with dubious and questionable answers we worry on behalf of Ugandans as an accountability committee he said The committee also commissioned Bamuturaki to explain why in 2019 she registered a writing poll to change her name from Musiime Jenifer Bamuturaki to Jenifer Arnold Lenkai She told the committee that she had simply changed her mind and did not complete the process while retaining her name Jenifer Bamuturaki Buzaaya County Deputy Hon Martin Muzale said that the fact that the CEO of the airline lacks academic documents could be the reason why he wanted to change its name For a CEO who runs a big institution like this makes a lot of money and you say for the last 28 years you don t have your transcript Once you pay UNEB they give you six days to collect the papers the University is the same I think we are dealing with a different person and not the CEO of the airline Muzale said AUDIO Muzaale Bamuturaki was also tasked with explaining her relationship with Abbavater a marketing and public relations firm hired to promote Uganda Airlines Ssenyonyi questioned the conflict of interest when it emerged that Bamuturaki was associated with Abbavater before joining the airline She said that she went to the same church community as the owner of the company and that is her only relationship with Abbavater and that she does not own shares However the committee said that before joining the airline Bamuturaki had signed some documents on Abbavater s behalf The committee handed Bamuturaki and Bagenda over to Parliament police over their dealings in hiring the PR firm but also over issues of inconsistency in their statements
    The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Uganda Airlines does not submit academic papers
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    The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Uganda Airlines does not submit academic papers

    The Committee of Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) has embarked on a process of assessing the curriculum vitae and qualifications of Uganda Airlines' senior management.

    This followed the fact that the CEO of the airline, Jenifer Bamuturaki, did not present her academic papers before the committee chaired by the Hon. Joel Ssenyonyi on Thursday, August 18, 2022.

    The committee is reviewing the Auditor General's report on Uganda Airlines for the fiscal year ending 2021.

    In his report, the Auditor General cited issues related to pay disparities, lack of a organizational structure and ongoing losses.

    registered by the airline.

    While the committee conducted its investigation, the executive director was asked to bring her curriculum vitae (CV) and academic qualifications.

    The committee sought to compare her qualifications with those of the advertised CEO position, which required the ideal candidate to have a bachelor's degree with honors in any field and postgraduate training in management or any other business-related course.

    Although Bamuturaki had told the committee that she obtained a degree in Social Work and Social Administration (SWASA) from Makerere University in 1994, she said that she had never obtained her transcripts since then.

    According to Bamuturaki, she has been to the University three times recently to get her transcript, but the University still hasn't located him.

    AUDIO Bamuturaki When she was asked for her Ordinary Level results sheet, she told the committee that she had lost it and that she was in the process of obtaining a new one from the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB).

    Ella bamuturaki said that she only has a letter and a certificate indicating that she obtained a degree.

    She said that she has been using her certificate and that for most of her work, she was wanted.

    Ssenyonyi said there is a possibility that the CEO does not have the qualifications, adding that it could be the cause of the challenges at the airline.

    “We asked her how she has been getting work and she said that they always look for her.

    That is true because even for this recruitment process, she spent money to recruit people, but the process stopped and she was given the job,” she said.

    AUDIO Ssenyonyi Mawokota South MP, Hon. Yusuf Nsibambi said the committee needs to take some time to examine the CVs and qualifications of Uganda Airline managers.

    He said the committee is not asking the questions in vain, but is intent on ensuring the airline is in good hands.

    “When the person in charge of the airline comes up with dubious and questionable answers, we worry on behalf of Ugandans as an accountability committee,” he said.

    The committee also commissioned Bamuturaki to explain why in 2019 she registered a writing poll to change her name from Musiime Jenifer Bamuturaki to Jenifer Arnold Lenkai.

    She told the committee that she had simply changed her mind and did not complete the process while retaining her name, Jenifer Bamuturaki.

    Buzaaya County Deputy, Hon. Martin Muzale said that the fact that the CEO of the airline lacks academic documents could be the reason why he wanted to change its name.

    “For a CEO who runs a big institution like this, makes a lot of money and you say for the last 28 years you don't have your transcript.

    Once you pay UNEB, they give you six days to collect the papers, the University is the same.

    I think we are dealing with a different person and not the CEO of the airline,” Muzale said.

    AUDIO Muzaale Bamuturaki was also tasked with explaining her relationship with Abbavater, a marketing and public relations firm hired to promote Uganda Airlines.

    Ssenyonyi questioned the conflict of interest when it emerged that Bamuturaki was associated with Abbavater before joining the airline.

    She said that she went to the same church community as the owner of the company and that is her only relationship with Abbavater and that she does not own shares.

    However, the committee said that before joining the airline, Bamuturaki had signed some documents on Abbavater's behalf.

    The committee handed Bamuturaki and Bagenda over to Parliament police over their dealings in hiring the PR firm, but also over issues of inconsistency in their statements.

  •   Vice President Thomas Tayebwa has directed the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development to provide a comprehensive statement on the closure of the Isimba hydroelectric plant While presiding over the House on Wednesday August 17 2022 Tayebwa said that the emergency closure of the 183 megawatt Isimba hydroelectric plant in Kayunga district has caused panic and plunged parts of the country into darkness The flooding at Isimba power station has caused panic and I have seen that Umeme has posted a load shedding schedule But they told us that we have an installed capacity of 1 378 1 megawatts and consume much less So now Isimba is only a 183 megawatt dam and we don t even consume 1000 megawatts as a country but I ve already seen that we are rushing to Kenya to import 60 megawatts said Tayebwa AUDIO Vice President In a communication dated August 16 2022 the Minister of Energy and Mining Development Hon Ruth Nankabirwa who attributed Isimba s closure to operational challenges that led to the flow of water into the power plant said the power operator Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited UEGCL is considering importing around 60 megawatts of power from Kenya For Tayebwa this is a hasty decision that requires the minister to submit a comprehensive statement on the country s energy dam operations and absorption levels The issue is not the flood but the panic It has scared a lot of people Today I have received about nine members MPs on the same matter So due to the seriousness of this issue the minister is required to appear tomorrow to make a substantive statement which we will discuss Tayebwa said He urged parliamentarians in their oversight programs to pay more attention to the quality of works at the Isimba and Karuma power plants especially infrastructure designs Head of the Whip Opposition Hon John Baptist Nambeshe called for an investigation into the Isimba power plant which was commissioned in 2019 citing shoddy work The power dam was commissioned two years ago and has already been closed even though it is still under liability for defects It casts serious doubt on the structural integrity of this facility An investigation should be launched to find out what happened because this says a lot about the work that could have been shoddy or compromised Nambeshe said AUDIO Nambeshe Nambeshe also opposes the government s proposal to import electricity from Kenya saying the country s electricity generation is adequate
    Uganda: Vice President Seeks Explanation on Isimba Dam Closure
      Vice President Thomas Tayebwa has directed the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development to provide a comprehensive statement on the closure of the Isimba hydroelectric plant While presiding over the House on Wednesday August 17 2022 Tayebwa said that the emergency closure of the 183 megawatt Isimba hydroelectric plant in Kayunga district has caused panic and plunged parts of the country into darkness The flooding at Isimba power station has caused panic and I have seen that Umeme has posted a load shedding schedule But they told us that we have an installed capacity of 1 378 1 megawatts and consume much less So now Isimba is only a 183 megawatt dam and we don t even consume 1000 megawatts as a country but I ve already seen that we are rushing to Kenya to import 60 megawatts said Tayebwa AUDIO Vice President In a communication dated August 16 2022 the Minister of Energy and Mining Development Hon Ruth Nankabirwa who attributed Isimba s closure to operational challenges that led to the flow of water into the power plant said the power operator Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited UEGCL is considering importing around 60 megawatts of power from Kenya For Tayebwa this is a hasty decision that requires the minister to submit a comprehensive statement on the country s energy dam operations and absorption levels The issue is not the flood but the panic It has scared a lot of people Today I have received about nine members MPs on the same matter So due to the seriousness of this issue the minister is required to appear tomorrow to make a substantive statement which we will discuss Tayebwa said He urged parliamentarians in their oversight programs to pay more attention to the quality of works at the Isimba and Karuma power plants especially infrastructure designs Head of the Whip Opposition Hon John Baptist Nambeshe called for an investigation into the Isimba power plant which was commissioned in 2019 citing shoddy work The power dam was commissioned two years ago and has already been closed even though it is still under liability for defects It casts serious doubt on the structural integrity of this facility An investigation should be launched to find out what happened because this says a lot about the work that could have been shoddy or compromised Nambeshe said AUDIO Nambeshe Nambeshe also opposes the government s proposal to import electricity from Kenya saying the country s electricity generation is adequate
    Uganda: Vice President Seeks Explanation on Isimba Dam Closure
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    Uganda: Vice President Seeks Explanation on Isimba Dam Closure

    Vice President Thomas Tayebwa has directed the Minister of Energy and Mineral Development to provide a comprehensive statement on the closure of the Isimba hydroelectric plant.

    While presiding over the House on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, Tayebwa said that the emergency closure of the 183-megawatt Isimba hydroelectric plant in Kayunga district has caused panic and plunged parts of the country into darkness.

    “The flooding at Isimba power station has caused panic and I have seen that Umeme has posted a load shedding schedule.

    But they told us that we have an installed capacity of 1,378.1 megawatts and consume much less.

    So now Isimba is only a 183 megawatt dam and we don't even consume 1000 megawatts as a country, but I've already seen that we are rushing to Kenya to import 60 megawatts,” said Tayebwa.

    AUDIO Vice President In a communication dated August 16, 2022, the Minister of Energy and Mining Development, Hon. Ruth Nankabirwa, who attributed Isimba's closure to operational challenges that led to the flow of water into the power plant, said the power operator, Uganda Electricity Generation Company Limited (UEGCL), is considering importing around 60 megawatts of power from Kenya.

    For Tayebwa, this is a hasty decision that requires the minister to submit a comprehensive statement on the country's energy dam operations and absorption levels.

    “The issue is not the flood, but the panic; It has scared a lot of people.

    Today I have received about nine members [MPs] on the same matter.

    So due to the seriousness of this issue, the minister is required to appear tomorrow to make a substantive statement which we will discuss,” Tayebwa said.

    He urged parliamentarians in their oversight programs to pay more attention to the quality of works at the Isimba and Karuma power plants, especially infrastructure designs.

    Head of the Whip Opposition, Hon. John Baptist Nambeshe called for an investigation into the Isimba power plant which was commissioned in 2019 citing shoddy work.

    “The power dam was commissioned two years ago and has already been closed, even though it is still under liability for defects.

    It casts serious doubt on the structural integrity of this facility.

    An investigation should be launched to find out what happened because this says a lot about the work that could have been shoddy or compromised,” Nambeshe said.

    AUDIO Nambeshe Nambeshe also opposes the government's proposal to import electricity from Kenya, saying the country's electricity generation is adequate.

  •   Uganda Airlines CEO Jenifer Bamuturaki has said she is qualified and experienced to run the airline Bamuturaki was appearing before the Committee on Commissions of Statutory Authorities COSASE chaired by Member of Parliament Nakawa West the Hon Joel Ssenyonyi on Wednesday August 17 2022 She was joined by other airline officials to respond to queries on the Auditor General s report for the year ending 2021 During the meeting Bamuturaki was tasked with presenting her resume to determine if she met the standards before being appointed CEO of Uganda Airlines She told the committee that she is skilled experienced and qualified and it shows in her job at the airline Depending on the job requirements and advertised experience the ideal candidate should have a bachelor s degree in any field and postgraduate training in management or any other business related course She also requires at least 10 years of senior management level aviation experience experience in marketing and commercial aspects of the airline business including knowledge of airline business systems However MPs claim that Bamuturaki has a Bachelor of Arts Hons in Social Work and Social Administration which she obtained from Makerere University in 1993 and that she lacked the pre requisite postgraduate training Ssenyonyi noted that while Bamuturaki had more than 12 years of experience in the hotel and hospitality industry she lacks aviation experience and qualifications Ssenyonyi said Bamuturaki worked as a guest relations officer and sales manager at Imperial Botanical and Sheraton Hotels respectively before joining East African Airlines and Air Uganda which collapsed Her highest qualification of hers to date is Bachelor of Social Work and Social Administration How come she got her job Another 40 who applied had maybe better qualifications and yet the people she supervises have master s degrees she said AUDIO Ssenyonyi MPs then tasked Acting Human Resources Officer Jane Nanono to explain why they considered hiring Bamuturaki but she lacked the qualifications However Nanono said that she cannot comment on the matter since she was not in charge She said that Price Water House Coopers developed the job specifications for the CEO and was specific about experience in the aviation industry that was sent to the board of directors for approval AUDIO Nanono Buzaaya County MP Hon Martin Mugabi Muzaale wondered how the airline s Human Resources Department chose Bamuturaki when she was fired as a sales and marketing executive at the defunct Air Uganda for alleged breaches AUDIO Muzaale However while responding to MPs Bamuturaki said that she has 15 years of aviation experience and that she is well suited for the job She said experience backed by certificates earned from the International Air Transport Association IATA makes her a strong CEO for the position The certificates I have from IATA if I put them together they will become a diploma but I have a degree It doesn t matter what I did at the degree level but I have the skill and IATA certification Bamuturaki said She also told the committee that she is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration at Makerere University In the same filing Bamuturaki dismissed reports that she along with her higher ranking counterparts at Uganda Airlines receive a high salary wages that circulated were truly false That s not what we earn I for example don t even earn 50 percent of what s submitted she Bamuturaki said
    I am qualified to lead Uganda Airlines-CEO Bamuturaki
      Uganda Airlines CEO Jenifer Bamuturaki has said she is qualified and experienced to run the airline Bamuturaki was appearing before the Committee on Commissions of Statutory Authorities COSASE chaired by Member of Parliament Nakawa West the Hon Joel Ssenyonyi on Wednesday August 17 2022 She was joined by other airline officials to respond to queries on the Auditor General s report for the year ending 2021 During the meeting Bamuturaki was tasked with presenting her resume to determine if she met the standards before being appointed CEO of Uganda Airlines She told the committee that she is skilled experienced and qualified and it shows in her job at the airline Depending on the job requirements and advertised experience the ideal candidate should have a bachelor s degree in any field and postgraduate training in management or any other business related course She also requires at least 10 years of senior management level aviation experience experience in marketing and commercial aspects of the airline business including knowledge of airline business systems However MPs claim that Bamuturaki has a Bachelor of Arts Hons in Social Work and Social Administration which she obtained from Makerere University in 1993 and that she lacked the pre requisite postgraduate training Ssenyonyi noted that while Bamuturaki had more than 12 years of experience in the hotel and hospitality industry she lacks aviation experience and qualifications Ssenyonyi said Bamuturaki worked as a guest relations officer and sales manager at Imperial Botanical and Sheraton Hotels respectively before joining East African Airlines and Air Uganda which collapsed Her highest qualification of hers to date is Bachelor of Social Work and Social Administration How come she got her job Another 40 who applied had maybe better qualifications and yet the people she supervises have master s degrees she said AUDIO Ssenyonyi MPs then tasked Acting Human Resources Officer Jane Nanono to explain why they considered hiring Bamuturaki but she lacked the qualifications However Nanono said that she cannot comment on the matter since she was not in charge She said that Price Water House Coopers developed the job specifications for the CEO and was specific about experience in the aviation industry that was sent to the board of directors for approval AUDIO Nanono Buzaaya County MP Hon Martin Mugabi Muzaale wondered how the airline s Human Resources Department chose Bamuturaki when she was fired as a sales and marketing executive at the defunct Air Uganda for alleged breaches AUDIO Muzaale However while responding to MPs Bamuturaki said that she has 15 years of aviation experience and that she is well suited for the job She said experience backed by certificates earned from the International Air Transport Association IATA makes her a strong CEO for the position The certificates I have from IATA if I put them together they will become a diploma but I have a degree It doesn t matter what I did at the degree level but I have the skill and IATA certification Bamuturaki said She also told the committee that she is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration at Makerere University In the same filing Bamuturaki dismissed reports that she along with her higher ranking counterparts at Uganda Airlines receive a high salary wages that circulated were truly false That s not what we earn I for example don t even earn 50 percent of what s submitted she Bamuturaki said
    I am qualified to lead Uganda Airlines-CEO Bamuturaki
    Africa4 months ago

    I am qualified to lead Uganda Airlines-CEO Bamuturaki

    Uganda Airlines CEO Jenifer Bamuturaki has said she is qualified and experienced to run the airline.

    Bamuturaki was appearing before the Committee on Commissions of Statutory Authorities (COSASE) chaired by Member of Parliament Nakawa West, the Hon. Joel Ssenyonyi on Wednesday, August 17, 2022.

    She was joined by other airline officials to respond to queries on the Auditor General's report for the year ending 2021.

    During the meeting, Bamuturaki was tasked with presenting her resume to determine if she met the standards before being appointed CEO of Uganda Airlines.

    She told the committee that she is skilled, experienced and qualified and it shows in her job at the airline.

    Depending on the job requirements and advertised experience, the ideal candidate should have a bachelor's degree in any field and postgraduate training in management or any other business-related course.

    She also requires at least 10 years of senior management level aviation experience, experience in marketing and commercial aspects of the airline business, including knowledge of airline business systems.

    However, MPs claim that Bamuturaki has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Social Work and Social Administration which she obtained from Makerere University in 1993 and that she lacked the pre-requisite postgraduate training.

    Ssenyonyi noted that while Bamuturaki had more than 12 years of experience in the hotel and hospitality industry, she lacks aviation experience and qualifications.

    Ssenyonyi said Bamuturaki worked as a guest relations officer and sales manager at Imperial Botanical and Sheraton Hotels respectively before joining East African Airlines and Air Uganda, which collapsed.

    “Her highest qualification of hers to date is Bachelor of Social Work and Social Administration; How come she got her job?

    Another 40 who applied had maybe better qualifications, and yet the people she supervises have master's degrees,” she said.

    AUDIO Ssenyonyi MPs then tasked Acting Human Resources Officer Jane Nanono to explain why they considered hiring Bamuturaki, but she lacked the qualifications.

    However, Nanono said that she cannot comment on the matter since she was not in charge.

    She said that Price Water House Coopers developed the job specifications for the CEO and was specific about experience in the aviation industry that was sent to the board of directors for approval.

    AUDIO Nanono Buzaaya County MP, Hon. Martin Mugabi Muzaale wondered how the airline's Human Resources Department chose Bamuturaki when she was fired as a sales and marketing executive at the defunct Air Uganda for alleged breaches.

    AUDIO Muzaale However, while responding to MPs, Bamuturaki said that she has 15 years of aviation experience and that she is well suited for the job.

    She said experience backed by certificates earned from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) makes her a strong CEO for the position.

    "The certificates I have from IATA, if I put them together, they will become a diploma, but I have a degree.

    It doesn't matter what I did at the degree level, but I have the skill and IATA certification," Bamuturaki said.

    She also told the committee that she is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration at Makerere University.

    In the same filing, Bamuturaki dismissed reports that she, along with her higher-ranking counterparts at Uganda Airlines, receive a high salary.

    wages that circulated, were truly false.

    That's not what we earn.

    I, for example, don't even earn 50 percent of what's submitted," she Bamuturaki said.

  •   The Committee of Commissions Statutory Authorities COSASE has given Uganda Airlines a month to come up with a staffing structure after it emerged that several officers are being paid exorbitantly Uganda Airlines officials led by its Chief Executive Officer Jennifer Bamuturaki appeared before the committee on Tuesday August 16 2022 to respond to concerns raised by the Auditor General about the airline s operations for the fiscal year ending June 2021 According to the Auditor General report the general manager earns 87 million shs the financial director 73 million shs the finance manager 58 million shs and the maintenance director 80 million shs Others are ICT Manager with 36 million shs Human Resources with 43 million shs Freight Manager with 14 million shs and Quality Assurance Manager with 43 million shs committee chairman Br Joel Ssenyonyi tasked the team with explaining why some drivers were getting 50 million shsh while others were getting 60 million shsh He also questioned why some managers get paid more than others and why some directors get paid more than their counterparts If the airline was making money it would be fine we want airline workers to be paid but you had a loss of shsh 164 billion in fiscal year 2020 2021 and yet people are getting paid more than shsh 80 million he said The Kasambya County Deputy Hon Gaffa Mbwatekamwa expressed his dismay that several workers were earning more than Shs 70 million at Uganda Airlines This is alarming we understand the high salary of pilots but administrators and directors she questioned her Bamuturaki said they are working on reviewing salaries and are currently in the process of conducting an audit She said that for pilots and cabin crew the salaries are different because Airbus has its salary structure while Bombardier has its structure as well Captain Lukman Ndusa a pilot for Uganda Airlines said pilots are paid according to the standards of most airlines around the world We had to pick pilots from Rwanda Vietnam and some of them were Ugandan and they made 13 000 a month but we negotiated with them and they currently make 10 000 he said Board member Barbara Mirembe Namugambe also added that salaries have been reviewed and they state that no manager currently receives Shs80 million Ssenyonyi tasked the board with explaining the irregular hiring of the CEO who was working as an assistant to former interim CEO Capt Steven Wegoye According to Ssenyonyi although the board had embarked on a search for a substantive CEO by hiring Price Water House Coopers and 40 people had applied for the position the process stalled after a presidential directive that appointed Jennifer Bamuturaki She said that this was an irregular process presided over by the board which is supposed to be professional and technical but did not interview any other candidates but simply followed the President s directive Does the chairman of the board mind if I put out an ad people start expressing interest but along the way the whole process stops and you say it s okay within the law So why didn t he tell shareholders in the first place to tell him who he wanted so he could just name them Ssenyonyi said AUDIO Ssenyonyi Herbert Kamuntu a board member who represented the airline s chairman said the fact that they stopped the recruitment exercise was an unfortunate situation We hired a consulting firm to put out an announcement that they made and as we went through that process they told us this might be a quicker way to confirm the interim CEO he said Kauntu added that although the process has been stopped they still need to pay the company and are now working with the company to ensure that they manage the hiring of several other senior officials who will soon be hired AUDIO Kamuntu Lamwo District Woman MP Hon Nancy Achora asked Bamuturaki if she had applied for the position and if she was among the 40 people who had expressed interest but surprised the committee when she told them that the moment she applied was when was named AUDIO Achora Samson Rwahiire also a member of the board of the airlines stated that they did not do anything irregular and added that even in international recruitment in airlines the recruitment process can stop and appoint someone We did not have a responsible manager for the airline and that was affecting us even where we needed to fly we could not So President we did not violate any rules we just implemented a presidential order he said Achora said the airline lost its integrity by advertising a position but was unable to interact with capable officers As board members they decided to select one person but the ideal process would have been for you the board member to follow the selection criteria he said
    High salaries and recruitment at Uganda Airlines worry MPs
      The Committee of Commissions Statutory Authorities COSASE has given Uganda Airlines a month to come up with a staffing structure after it emerged that several officers are being paid exorbitantly Uganda Airlines officials led by its Chief Executive Officer Jennifer Bamuturaki appeared before the committee on Tuesday August 16 2022 to respond to concerns raised by the Auditor General about the airline s operations for the fiscal year ending June 2021 According to the Auditor General report the general manager earns 87 million shs the financial director 73 million shs the finance manager 58 million shs and the maintenance director 80 million shs Others are ICT Manager with 36 million shs Human Resources with 43 million shs Freight Manager with 14 million shs and Quality Assurance Manager with 43 million shs committee chairman Br Joel Ssenyonyi tasked the team with explaining why some drivers were getting 50 million shsh while others were getting 60 million shsh He also questioned why some managers get paid more than others and why some directors get paid more than their counterparts If the airline was making money it would be fine we want airline workers to be paid but you had a loss of shsh 164 billion in fiscal year 2020 2021 and yet people are getting paid more than shsh 80 million he said The Kasambya County Deputy Hon Gaffa Mbwatekamwa expressed his dismay that several workers were earning more than Shs 70 million at Uganda Airlines This is alarming we understand the high salary of pilots but administrators and directors she questioned her Bamuturaki said they are working on reviewing salaries and are currently in the process of conducting an audit She said that for pilots and cabin crew the salaries are different because Airbus has its salary structure while Bombardier has its structure as well Captain Lukman Ndusa a pilot for Uganda Airlines said pilots are paid according to the standards of most airlines around the world We had to pick pilots from Rwanda Vietnam and some of them were Ugandan and they made 13 000 a month but we negotiated with them and they currently make 10 000 he said Board member Barbara Mirembe Namugambe also added that salaries have been reviewed and they state that no manager currently receives Shs80 million Ssenyonyi tasked the board with explaining the irregular hiring of the CEO who was working as an assistant to former interim CEO Capt Steven Wegoye According to Ssenyonyi although the board had embarked on a search for a substantive CEO by hiring Price Water House Coopers and 40 people had applied for the position the process stalled after a presidential directive that appointed Jennifer Bamuturaki She said that this was an irregular process presided over by the board which is supposed to be professional and technical but did not interview any other candidates but simply followed the President s directive Does the chairman of the board mind if I put out an ad people start expressing interest but along the way the whole process stops and you say it s okay within the law So why didn t he tell shareholders in the first place to tell him who he wanted so he could just name them Ssenyonyi said AUDIO Ssenyonyi Herbert Kamuntu a board member who represented the airline s chairman said the fact that they stopped the recruitment exercise was an unfortunate situation We hired a consulting firm to put out an announcement that they made and as we went through that process they told us this might be a quicker way to confirm the interim CEO he said Kauntu added that although the process has been stopped they still need to pay the company and are now working with the company to ensure that they manage the hiring of several other senior officials who will soon be hired AUDIO Kamuntu Lamwo District Woman MP Hon Nancy Achora asked Bamuturaki if she had applied for the position and if she was among the 40 people who had expressed interest but surprised the committee when she told them that the moment she applied was when was named AUDIO Achora Samson Rwahiire also a member of the board of the airlines stated that they did not do anything irregular and added that even in international recruitment in airlines the recruitment process can stop and appoint someone We did not have a responsible manager for the airline and that was affecting us even where we needed to fly we could not So President we did not violate any rules we just implemented a presidential order he said Achora said the airline lost its integrity by advertising a position but was unable to interact with capable officers As board members they decided to select one person but the ideal process would have been for you the board member to follow the selection criteria he said
    High salaries and recruitment at Uganda Airlines worry MPs
    Africa4 months ago

    High salaries and recruitment at Uganda Airlines worry MPs

    The Committee of Commissions Statutory Authorities (COSASE) has given Uganda Airlines a month to come up with a staffing structure after it emerged that several officers are being paid exorbitantly.

    Uganda Airlines officials led by its Chief Executive Officer, Jennifer Bamuturaki, appeared before the committee on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, to respond to concerns raised by the Auditor General about the airline's operations for the fiscal year ending June 2021.

    According to the Auditor General report, the general manager earns 87 million shs, the financial director 73 million shs, the finance manager 58 million shs and the maintenance director 80 million shs.

    Others are ICT Manager with 36 million shs, Human Resources with 43 million shs, Freight Manager with 14 million shs and Quality Assurance Manager with 43 million shs.

    committee chairman Br. Joel Ssenyonyi tasked the team with explaining why some drivers were getting 50 million shsh while others were getting 60 million shsh.

    He also questioned why some managers get paid more than others and why some directors get paid more than their counterparts.

    “If the airline was making money, it would be fine; we want airline workers to be paid, but you had a loss of shsh 164 billion in fiscal year 2020-2021 and yet people are getting paid more than shsh 80 million,” he said.

    The Kasambya County Deputy, Hon. Gaffa Mbwatekamwa expressed his dismay that several workers were earning more than Shs 70 million at Uganda Airlines.

    “This is alarming; we understand the high salary of pilots, but administrators and directors?

    she questioned her.

    Bamuturaki said they are working on reviewing salaries and are currently in the process of conducting an audit.

    She said that for pilots and cabin crew, the salaries are different because Airbus has its salary structure, while Bombardier has its structure as well.

    Captain Lukman Ndusa, a pilot for Uganda Airlines, said pilots are paid according to the standards of most airlines around the world.

    “We had to pick pilots from Rwanda, Vietnam and some of them were Ugandan and they made $13,000 a month, but we negotiated with them and they currently make $10,000,” he said.

    Board member Barbara Mirembe Namugambe also added that salaries have been reviewed and they state that no manager currently receives Shs80 million.

    Ssenyonyi tasked the board with explaining the irregular hiring of the CEO who was working as an assistant to former interim CEO, Capt. Steven Wegoye.

    According to Ssenyonyi, although the board had embarked on a search for a substantive CEO by hiring Price Water House Coopers, and 40 people had applied for the position, the process stalled after a presidential directive that appointed Jennifer Bamuturaki.

    She said that this was an irregular process presided over by the board, which is supposed to be professional and technical, but did not interview any other candidates but simply followed the President's directive.

    “Does the chairman of the board mind if I put out an ad, people start expressing interest, but along the way, the whole process stops and you say it's okay within the law?

    So why didn't he tell shareholders in the first place to tell him who he wanted so he could just name them, Ssenyonyi said.

    AUDIO Ssenyonyi Herbert Kamuntu, a board member who represented the airline's chairman, said the fact that they stopped the recruitment exercise was an unfortunate situation.

    “We hired a consulting firm to put out an announcement that they made, and as we went through that process, they told us this might be a quicker way to confirm the interim CEO,” he said.

    Kauntu added that although the process has been stopped, they still need to pay the company and are now working with the company to ensure that they manage the hiring of several other senior officials who will soon be hired.

    AUDIO Kamuntu Lamwo District Woman MP, Hon. Nancy Achora asked Bamuturaki if she had applied for the position and if she was among the 40 people who had expressed interest, but surprised the committee when she told them that the moment she applied was when was named.

    AUDIO Achora Samson Rwahiire, also a member of the board of the airlines, stated that they did not do anything irregular and added that even in international recruitment in airlines, the recruitment process can stop and appoint someone.

    “We did not have a responsible manager for the airline and that was affecting us, even where we needed to fly we could not.

    So President, we did not violate any rules, we just implemented a presidential order,” he said.

    Achora said the airline lost its integrity by advertising a position, but was unable to interact with capable officers.

    “As board members, they decided to select one person, but the ideal process would have been for you, the board member, to follow the selection criteria,” he said.

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