By Our Reporter.
The Uganda Auditor General’s report has discovered that Uganda Airlines operates without a well defined staff structure, which has left tax payer’s money fleeced..
Legislators on the Parliament’s Committee on State Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) unearther dirt, high level corruption and mismanagement in Uganda Airlines since the national carrier was revived in 2019.
The rot includes irregular appointment of staff and a non-uniform salary structure for staff executing work of the same level. Senior Managers pocket outrageous salaries while junior officials are paid peanuts.
According to the Auditor General’s rReport of Financial Year 2020/2021, the Uganda Airlines Chief Executive Officer, Ms Jenifer Bamuturaki, earns Shs87m. This figure was revised down from Shs126m that former acting CEO, Mr Cornwell Muleya, earned.
Uganda Airlines management could not explain the disparity in the salaries paid out. Records which Mr Ssenyonyi revealed show that the Director of Maintenance, Mr Ephraim Bagenda, earns Ushs 80 million per month despite the airline sinking .
The Director for Operations earns Ushs 47m, Director of Commercial Ushs 40m and Director of Finance Ushs40m, Manager of Engineering and planning earns Ushs28.8m.
Others are Manager of Ground Operations earns Ushs 28m, the Managers of Cargo, sales and Marketing, and IT earn Ushs15m each.
The latest revealations shcokced the country as the revived Uganda Airlines has been operating at losses and requesting government for bail outs to revamp their operations.
According to record Captains under the carrier are not paid equally as two captains are paid Ushs 65 million each while others are paid Ushs 38 million monthly.
“How do Managers at Uganda Airlines come to this conclusion? Do you people just sleep and come up with these figures?” Mr Ssenyonyi wondered.
The Director of flight operations, Mr Lukman Ndusa, said the variations in wages are due to the two tiers of flight operations managed by the Uganda Airlines.
Mr Ndusa explained that lower salaries were paid to captains hired to fly the CRJ900 Bombardiers while higher pay is given to those in the Airbus category.
“This was done to attract quality pilots and staff who were allegedly sourced from the regional competitors from Rwanda, Singapore, Brazil and England,” he said.
The official said the Airbus is considered superior by way of operation but added that they have a very good competition from RwandAir
Ms Barbra Namugambe, a board member of Uganda Airlines, said the airlines’ board is also uncomfortable with the disparities in salaries paid out.
The same committee also established that the requisite recruitment process was altered to hire Ms Bamuturaki as CEO.
Mr Herbert Kamuntu, who represented the chairperson of the Uganda Airlines board, said the hiring process was halted after the instructions were issued to have her appointed as the CEO.
Mr Kamuntu said Ms Bamuturaki was then hired on the directive from the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Works and Transport, Mr Bageya Waiswa. Mr Waiswa is said to have acted on President Yoweri Museveni’s orders.
Title and Salary
Director Maintenance Manager and Accountable Shs80m
Director Flight Operations Shs 47m
Director Commercial Shs 40m
Director Finance Shs40m
Director Operations Shs47m
Director Commercial Shs40m
Manager engineering and planning Shs28.8m
Manager Cargo Shs15m
IT manager Shs15m
Sales, marketing Manager Shs15m■