Uganda Airlines boss not qualified for job, MPs say
The Parliamentary Committee on State Authorities and State Enterprises (Cosase) yesterday found that the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Uganda Airlines, Ms Jennifer Bamuturaki, did not meet the minimum academic qualifications for the position at the time of his appointment.
The revelation came after she submitted copies of her curriculum vitae (CV), job description and academic documents to the committee reviewing the findings of the Auditor General’s report for the 2020/2021 financial year.
Ms. Bamuturaki also submitted documents from top bosses at director and manager level.
The committee chaired by MP for Nakawa West, Mr Joel Ssenyonyi, said that at the time of her appointment, Ms Bamuturaki only had a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work and social administration and did not have a diploma. postgraduate, as required.
While Ms. Bamuturaki possesses most of the other qualifications mentioned in the ad copy, it was noted that she had no post-graduate training in administration or any other business-related course.
She also has a minimum experience of 15 years which eclipses the 10 years experience that was required of candidates. Ms Bamuturaki, however, indicated that she is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Public Administration at Makerere University.
She said that unlike other fields of work in Uganda, administration in the aviation industry is highly dependent on experience.
She says she got her experience in the industry from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which makes her fit for the job.
“In aviation, IATA does not give you diplomas. It issues diplomas or certificates. The certificates I have from IATA, if I put them together they will give a diploma but I have a diploma. It doesn’t matter if I went to the moon or I did private label, what matters is [that] do I have the skills, and I have them,” Ms Bamuturaki told reporters following the committee meeting.
Ms Bamuturaki urged critics to check with the Uganda Airlines board members who nominated her.
Lawmakers, however, have vowed to push for “serious action” against it with the majority reasoning that the country risks sinking the national carrier.
“How do you bring in a CEO who doesn’t even have the experience or the qualifications to run a government agency with billions of taxpayers’ money,” Elgon County MP Gerald Nangoli wondered. before adding: “As a country, we risk losing money. It is a disgrace for the Ugandan government and the taxpayer. This nepotism trade must stop.
Denies winning 87 million shillings
Ms Bamuturaki rejected reports that she was pocketing 87 million shillings a month.
“I don’t win what was mentioned yesterday. I earn almost 50% of that,” Ms Bamuturaki said.
“No, I’m not specifying [what I earn]. Here’s what I mean, 35% of all those salaries we earn go to the government. I am also a taxpayer. For the record, it’s not the money we make.
His denial comes a day after the committee grilled his team to explain the source of the pay disparities contained in the Auditor General’s report for the 2020/2021 financial year.
Ms. Bamuturaki started as Country Manager at the Imperial Botanical Hotel in July 1995, then joined the Sheraton Hotel between 1996 and 2000.
At Sheraton, she held several positions, including office relations manager and sales manager.
She then joined East African Airlines where she worked between September 2000 and September 2003. She then joined a travel agency where she worked as a sales manager for a year. She worked at Air Uganda between April 2007 and 2014 in the commercial division.
Ms. Bamuturaki then returned to the Sheraton Hotel as Sales and Marketing Manager between 2014 and 2016.
She then joined the Golden Tulip Hotel where she held the position of Director of Sales and Marketing until 2019 before becoming the Chief Commercial Officer of Uganda Airlines. Ms. Bamuturaki was later appointed Managing Director of Uganda Airlines.