Kampala: The government of Uganda has dispelled allegations that it has suspended Uganda Airlines top bosses. Earlier reports have been making rounds that the airline's top hierarchy, including the CEO, Cornwell Muleya, have been sent packing after a dramatic intervention by transport minister General Edward Katumba Wamala, on orders from the state house.
Some media outlets have reported that up to 10 of Uganda Airlines top management, including the CEO, financial director, head of safety and human resource director have gone on 3 months leave. “But the move, according to a source, is due to allegations of corruption, mismanagement and poor performance within the state-owned entity and will allow for a full investigation into the matter,” one local media house noted.
However, according to Minister Katumba, the officials have not been suspended but asked to step aside to allow training of junior staff. “Because of the low tempo operations caused by Covid-19 and the fact that we have not yet started the long haul operations, top management at Uganda Airlines, asked to take leave,” Katumba said in a media brief. He added that this was done to “train and test deputies for quality assurance, and let top management rest as we prepare for the long haul operations.”