With the first commercial flight of the revamped Uganda Airlines still awaited, questions have emerged on the membership of the Uganda Airlines newly appointed board.
Several concerns came as Monica Ntegge Azuba the Minister of Works and Transport was appearing before Parliament on Thursday.
Joseph Gonzaga Ssewungu the Kalungu west legislator tasked the minister to explain where the board sits.
“Tell us where the board sits. Because the information we have is that there are some members who are sitting at Eagle Air which is defunct.”
Azuba quickly clarified that the airline is renting office space at the former headquarters of Eagle Air.
Offering regional services since 1994, Eagle Air suspended activities in the aftermath of Kenya’s 2007 chaotic polls citing fuel impediments.
Odonga Otto the Aruu North MP butted in with a question on the identity and criteria used to select board members.
According Otto, some competent Ugandans with vast experience in the aviation sector were sidelined and those with no experience appointed on the board.
“Other people with practical experience applied and they say the system is not fair. They are nowhere to be seen in the board. But there are people (on the board) who are not from that field like Perez Ahabwe”, Otto asked.
ChimpReports understands that former Local Government Minister Perez Ahabwe and Charles Hamya the former Multi choice manager are among the people appointed on the board.
On this however, the minister responded that the process was transparent and promised to submit names to the physical infrastructure committee as soon as possible.
It should be noted that while passing a 280 billion supplementary budget for the Airline in March this year, parliament tasked shareholders to elect a competent board.
So far out of four regional CRJ-900 bombardier jets that Uganda procured, two have been imported while the remaining in 2020 and 2021.