Kampala – Cabinet has approved the board of directors for Uganda National Airlines Company Limited.
The board of seven directors who were selected on the basis of experience and ability to oversee the revival of the national airline, will be chaired by Mr. Ahabwe Godfrey Pereza.
Ahabwe, who holds a PhD in Economics, is a former Minister of State for Local Government and also served as MP for Rubanda East constituency in the 8th Parliament.
Godfrey Ssemugooma will represent Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development while Transport economist, Benon Kajuna will represent Ministry of works and Transport.
Other members are Rehema N. Mutazindwa and Catherine Asinde Poran, the two female nominees are from private sector while Stephene Aziku Zua and Charles Hamya are also members of the board.
The cabinet decision follows a Parliamentary directive that the budget for Uganda National Airlines shall not be passed without the Institution of a substantive board.
While approving the 280 billion shillings’ supplementary budget for the purchase of the two Bombardier planes from Canada, 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.
The board is expected to appear before the parliamentary appointments committee for approval.
Africa Tembelea has also learnt that the airline is slated to get 575.8 billion shillings in 2019/2020 national budget estimates.
Although the company trades as Uganda Airlines, it is distinctly different from the legacy carrier Uganda Airlines Corporation (UAC). Its official name is Uganda National Airlines Company Limited.