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Bamuturaki not qualified to be appointed Uganda Airlines CEO - MPs

Jennifer Bamuturaki before Cosase

Jennifer Bamuturaki before Cosase

Parliament’s committee on commissions, statutory authorities and state enterprises (Cosase) has said that Jennifer Bamuturaki does not have the requisite qualifications to be appointed chief executive officer of the Uganda National Airlines Company.

Bamuturaki had been tasked to present her curriculum vitae (CV) to the committee led by Nakawa West MP Joel Ssenyonyi for scrutiny to ascertain if she met the standards before being appointed by President Yoweri Museveni on July 8.

The job, according to a description that accompanied the call for applications, required an ideal candidate to hold a bachelor’s degree in any field, post-graduate training in administration or any other business-related course, and at least 10 years of aviation experience at senior management level.

The ideal candidate was also required to have experience in marketing and commercial aspects of the airline business, including knowledge of airline commercial systems, experience in marketing an airline business, knowledge of airline commercial systems, and previous or current experience as CEO or chief operations officer of a successful commercial airline, scheduling and planning of commercial and charter flights among others.

But Bamuturaki holds a bachelor of Arts (honours) in social works and social administration (Swasa) which she obtained from Makerere University in 1993, and does not have any postgraduate training. She has however since enrolled for a diploma in strategic management and leadership and a master of business administration at the Graduate College of London.

Ssenyonyi said her working experience is also below the minimum requirements. It includes 12 years of experience in the hotel and hospitality industry where she worked as a guest relations officer and sales manager before joining East African Airlines and Air Uganda which have all since collapsed.

"Concerns that would arise is that at the time of the CEO's appointment, she did not have the required academic qualifications because it had to be a degree and a post-graduate diploma. In terms of years of experience and so on, that one is covered. Now post-graduate training is not just a post-graduate diploma," said Ssenyonyi.

The committee tasked the acting human resource officer Jane Nanono to explain why they considered a person who lacked the prerequisites for the job. According to Buzaaya County MP Martin Mugabi Muzaale, the airline's human resources department erred when it chose to zero on a candidate whose services had been terminated at the defunct Air Uganda for non-performance.

But Nanono declined to divulge details referring to her superior who was not in attendance. Nanono hinted that Uganda Airlines at the time contracted PriceWaterHouseCoopers, the private firm that developed the job specifications of the CEO and zeroed on experience in the aviation industry which was forwarded to the board of directors for approval.

"Someone is supposed to have a postgraduate diploma but it is open. One thing you learn within the aviation industry is that degrees are open but what matters is the experience that someone carries. The qualifications are; honours bachelor's degree in any field, post-graduate training in administration or any other business-related course," she said.

Addressing journalists after the Cosase meeting, Bamuturaki said "it doesn't matter whether I went to the moon or whether I did MDD [music, dance and drama], what matters is do I have the skill? And I do. I can't blame myself for being appointed."

Cosase is investigating the airlines following irregularities that John Muwanga, the Auditor General raised in his report for the Financial Year 2020/2021. The queries include lack of job grades, strategic plan, poor management of contract files, and failure to seek approval from the National Information Technology Authority – NITA Uganda for procurement of IT software among others.

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+9 #1 WADADA rogers 2022-08-18 10:36
What did you say her name is? Bamunturaki, then she qualifies for the job, those other school qualifications are secondary in the eyes of the appointing authority .
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+13 #2 Immaculate Nambi 2022-08-18 10:39
If M7 was really serious about a National Airline, why then is he subortaging it? For goodness sake, if he had to pick the CEO, why didn't he pick the very best there was?

What did Uganda ever do to M7 because the level of hatred for this country and the deliberate desire to run everything down, defies logic. This goes beyond the usual ineptness that characterises this gov't. It's deliberate malice and evil.

All this shows that Uganda AIrlines was purposely created to be another conduits through which tax payers money is siphoned.
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+4 #3 kabayekka 2022-08-18 13:25
This is a parliament that sold its soul to the executive for some money so that this executive can stay put in a job.

So now why is this house turning around and blaming their best leader for incompetance on his job that he has lived on with great experience for many years and counting!
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+7 #4 kabayekka 2022-08-18 13:36
Uganda is well known to discriminate in employment in many of its government institutions. Bamuturaki as a very lucky employee earning 80 million shillings every month is not the first highly paid Western tribeswoman.

Unfortunately, the worker she replaced from Malawi is rotting broke in the NRM courts of law for many months and counting.
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+5 #5 rubangakene 2022-08-18 19:25
Who REALLY owns Uganda Airlines? I think that's the person pulling all the strings.

You can't just pick someone from the street, so to speak, to head such a sophisticated business.

You need someone with a technical knowledge of the aviation industry backed up with hands-on experience in the field plus some financial/legal/managerial skills; in other words, someone ready to make decisions "on the hoof" if necessary. It is a very fast industry just like the aircraft used.
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0 #6 M!k! 2022-08-19 02:27
Mr. Museveni was driven by two major reasons to to revive Uganda airlines.

And none of them had anything to do with business. Fighting Kagame's Rwanda Air project was one of them as long as the conflict between the two men raged on.

The other reason Museveni wanted a Uganda airline owning (not leasing as is the norm for most airlines) was to have a pool of planes available for his use (officially and un-officially/ legally and illegally) besides the presidential jet.

This was after one time both Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airlines refused to divert their planes from scheduled routes for charter to Museveni when the presidential jet was out for maintenance.

Museveni cares not whether the airline is a meaningful (AND IT IS NOT!) business venture for Uganda not. Museveni sabotaged the hiring process so that the eventual person in charge of this venture does his personal bidding and not the company's or even Uganda's. That is how Bamuturaki was made!
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-1 #7 Ensi eno! 2022-08-19 07:44
To Airlines, Banks, and hospitality industries, reputation and public image is the key! I do not know how many customers both local and international have decided to abandon flying the 'crane' because of the mess being exposed by Parliament!

All this mess would have been prevented had the right people been given a chance to head this important institution.
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