Former Uganda Airlines Chief Executive Officer ,Cornwell Muleya has been arrested today after disobeying orders .
His arrest has been confirmed by IG’s Spokesperson Ali Munira through a WhatsApp text.
Muleya was among the officials involved in the revival of the airline. He is a Zambian who ventured into aviation in 1995 as general manager and CEO of Air Botswana Corporation for eight years, moved on to Air Mauritius, and worked as CEO for Zambezi Airlines Ltd and ALS Limited in Kenya.
Then, he was contracted as CEO of Air Uganda in 2013. He has thereby worked in aviation for over 23 years. However, his woes started on April 21, 2021, after Works minister Edward Katumba Wamala sent him and 12 other top officials on forced leave and later put them on suspension.
They were suspended on the orders of President Museveni to pave way for investigations into allegations of financial mismanagement, collusion, and nepotism in staff recruitment among other issues.
After nine months of suspension, Muleya’s contract was terminated.
His arrest comes days after a mediation process that had sought to find an agreeable solution in a Shs3.3b case between Uganda Airlines and Mr Mulya collapsed last month.
The case was then referred to the Industrial Court for disposal given that no Uganda Airlines or government official appeared at the scheduled mediation meetings.
“Uganda Airlines did not appear on two consecutive occasions. We hope they appear in the Industrial Court. Otherwise the case will proceed to be heard and determined in their absence. They should defend the actions they took, that is how issues will be resolved,” Mr Fred Muwema, whose law firm – Muwema & Co Advocates & Solicitors – is representing Mr Cornwell Muleya, who is challenging his sacking from Uganda Airlines said on May 5.
The Wakiso District Labour Office had on April 21 invited representatives from Uganda Airlines and Mr Muleya for mediation in a case in which the former chief executive officer is seeking compensation over alleged illegal sacking.
In a March 28 letter wrote to Ministry of Works seeking compensation up to a tune of Shs3.3b being payment of salary arrears, gratuity, untaken leave, reimbursement for fuel, telephone and toll expenses, repatriation allowances and damages, among others. He also demand for immediate reinstatement into his job and “an unconditional apology for the material inconvenience, reputational damage and loss suffered”.