“Yesterday I got a call from Minister Tom Butime threatening and intimidating me over Uganda Airlines Probe” – Joel Ssenyonyi

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The Nakawa West Member of Parliament, Joel Ssenyonyi has come out claiming that he got call from Tourism Minister, Tom Butime threatening and intimidating him over Uganda Airlines probe.

In Twitter thread shared by Joel Ssenyonyi said that he got call from Jennifer Bamuturaki relative threatening and intimidating him to quit the investigation into the matter ,however he disclosed that he reported the matter at CPS ,Ref GEF 60/2022.

That no one will stop him from exposing the corrupt and holding public servants accountable .

Preliminary findings from COSASE indicated that Airlines Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Jennifer Bamuturaki, and other senior officers lack the integrity and prerequisite academic qualifications to oversee the operations of Uganda Airlines.

The Committee said that the Airlines’ Board unlawfully endorsed the appointment of Bamuturaki by President Yoweri Museveni in July 2022, after a competitive process for the selection of the ideal CEO through a consultancy firm, PriceWaterHouseCoopers, was irregularly terminated.

This irregular termination reportedly paved way for vouchsafing of the CEO’s position to Bamuturaki, yet she had not even applied for it.

This occurred in the context of 40 other candidates having already applied for the position and having been shortlisted.

As a consequence, the Board had no way of ascertaining whether Bamuturaki was more competent that any or all of the 40 applicants in a futile exercise which cost over Shs95 million.

Further, the Committee also discovered that, prior to her appointment as CEO, Bamuturaki as the Commercial Director, and doubling as the Contracts Manager, allegedly connived with then CEO Ephraim Kalyebara Bagenda to exclusively solicit for Abbavater Group Limited to undertake public relations work for the Airlines without any competitive bidding process.

Consequently, the duo influenced the award of the service contract amounting to USD 540,000 (about 2.067 billion Shillings) to the Abbavater Group which reportedly flouted the procedures of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets (PPDA) Act of 2003.

The Committee findings further corroborate the report of the Auditor General for the Financial Year 2020/2021 implicating the Airlines for operating without the recommended staff and salary structures, operating at a loss and flouting procurement guidelines.

KY Jamal
KY Jamal
I am a Uganda born Writer , Entertainment news journalist , influencer , Marketer ,News editor and critic for the latest East African Entertainment news
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