Uganda: Through the Ministry of Works and Transport, the Ugandan administration has appointed a new Board of Directors for Uganda Airlines to replace one that was suspended last year.
Last year, President Museveni ordered the separation of the Uganda Airlines board, led by Perez Ahabwe, following chaos and infighting involving the board, top management, and officials from the Ministry of Works and Transport.
On Friday, a seven-member team led by Priscilla Mirembe Serukka, the Managing Director of Kairos Consult, Samson Rwahwire, Patrick Ocailap, Ebrahim Kisoro Sadrudin, a retired pilot, Herbert Kamuntu, Abdi Karim Moding, and Barbara Mirembe Namugambe were inaugurated at a function carried at Hotel Africana in Kampala.
During the inauguration ceremony, Works and Transport Minister Gen Katumba’ requested the new board in order to pick lessons from the collapsed airlines throughout the world in a bid to make sure that the Uganda national carrier achieves success.
He then stated that they had been appointed to complete the airline’s management but not compete with it.
According to Gen Katumba, Work hard to ensure the break-even point of Uganda Airlines. Make it competitive but also compete favorably and better.
“You are coming in to complete the airline management but not to compete with each other.”
The Works and Transport minister insisted that passion should drive the new board to serve their country but not selfish interests.
Furthermore, he stated that do not always go for money; give priority to your country. Therefore, it would help if you delivered on the agenda to serve your country.
However, the Finance Minister of State, Henry Musasizi, could show their agreement with the comments of his works and transport counterpart.
“You must work with guiltlessness but should also know your line. Don’t cross it. We don’t want to see a repeat of the challenges in the previous board. The airline is just starting and should be treated in such a manner.”
He further noted that the national carrier should have an excellent strategic plan supported by a good business idea but stated these have to be generated by the new board.
As per the junior finance minister, with a more precise and more strategic plan for good business, the national carrier will start making profits and save the government burden of having to inject more money into it.
The acting Uganda Airlines CEO, Jeniffer Bamuturaki, pledged to work with the new board to ensure work moves smoothly.