KAMPALA – A Cabinet meeting chaired by President Yoweri Museveni early this week approved the board of directors for the revamped Uganda National Airlines Company Limited.
The seven directors will be chaired by Mr. Ahabwe Godfrey Pereza a former MP for Rubanda East constituency and Minister of State for Local Government.
Mr. Benon Kajuna, a transport economist will represent Ministry of Works and Transport while Mr. Godfrey Ssemugooma will represent Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development.
Also approved are Catherine Asinde Poran and Rehema Mutazindwa, both from the private sector while Charles Hamya and Stephene Aziku Zua are also members of the board.
The Government Chief Whip, Ruth Nankabirwa told journalists at Parliament that the seven nominees were selected on the basis of experience and ability to oversee the revival of the national Carrier.
She said that cabinet is very confident that the approved board will ensure that the national airline becomes a viable entity as projected in the business plan.
The board is expected to appear before the parliamentary appointments committee for approval.
Parliament in March this year directed that the budget for Uganda National Airlines shall not be passed without the Institution of a substantive board.
parliament tasked government to put in a place a substantive Board of Directors for Uganda National Airlines Company Limited.
At the time, MPs agreed that the Ministries of Works and Finance, which own shares in the company, appoint a substantive and competent board and submit the names to the sector committee for scrutiny.
Parliament directed that the Board must be instituted by April 30, 2019 as a prerequisite for allocating funds for operations of the national airlines.
The airline is slated to get UGX 575.8b in 2019/2020 national budget estimates.