Uganda Airlines launches direct flight to South Africa amidst management crisis

The national carrier, Uganda Airlines has on Monday introduced direct flights from Entebbe International Airport to Johannesburg South Africa amidst a management crisis after President Museveni ordered for the firing of top management officials over corruption allegations.

The airline said the new four weekly flights route launched on Monday will enhance connectivity to and from the airlines current network beyond the main hubs at Entebbe and Johannesburg.

“This new route launch offer the best solution for all travelers, with the only nonstop scheduled service between Entebbe to Johannesburg, reduced journey time, more flight frequencies, superior onboard service filled with the legendary Uganda hospitality, and the most competitive fares on the market” a statement from the airline read.

Airlines management crisis, managers Fired, under investigation over corruption

While addressing MPs after the election of the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Parliament last week, President Museveni revealed that it was on his instructions that the management team and the board were sent packing.
“The airline was infiltrated immediately (it was revived) by some corrupt elements – employing their relatives, over budgeting, inflating procurement costs, terrible! Terrible things! When I got the information, I dispersed the whole group,” Mr Museveni said.

Prior to Museveni’s statements, the outgoing Works and Transport Minister, Gen Edward Katumba Wamala, had revealed that he had sent the top management officials on accumulated leaving pending investigations into fights involving top management and board of the national flag carrier and officials at the Ministry of Works and Transport.
The top management officials affected by the April 28 suspension included chief executive officer Cornwell Muleya, finance director Paul Turacayisenga, director of marketing Rogers Wamala, human resource manager Joseph Sebbowa, and director of safety Bruno Oringi.
A week later, the seven-member board of directors led by former junior minister for Local Government, also former Rubanda East MP Perez Ahabwe, were also sent packing. 
Along with Mr Ahabwe also exited Benon Kajuna, Mr Godfrey Ssemugooma, Ms Catherine Asinde Poran, Ms Rehema Mutazindwa, Mr Charles Hamya, and Mr Stephen Aziku Zua.

As the officials settled into their suspension, the Airlines  recalled the former commercial director, Ms Jennifer Bamuturaki, whose employment had not been confirmed after a six-month probation period to manage the airline. 

The direct South Africa route is an addition to the airlines current network which includes Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Kinshasa, Juba, Mogadishu, Bujumbura, Zanzibar, Mombasa and Kilimanjaro.

Excerpts from Daily Monitor

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