BIG STORY: Top Museveni Minister Admits To Calling Ssenyonyi Over Bamuturaki Investigations

Minister RTD Col Tom Butime-FILE PHOTO

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Over the last one week parliament’s Committee on Commissions Statutory Authorities and State Enterprise (COSASE) headed by NUP’s Joel Ssenyonyi has been grilling top bosses from Uganda’s already loss making airline over some irregularities.

Among the top bosses grilled was the airline CEO Jennifer Bamuturaki who made headlines the whole of last week over her controversial statements in regard to her job. First it was revealed that she takes home a whooping UGX87m, and other bosses follow with UGX78m, UGX70 and it goes down to the junior workers.

During the same interface with the legislators, Bamuturaki revealed that she was at her home applying for the job only to be called to go and pick the appointment letter despite the job being advertised and attracting several applications.

This was made possible by the intervention of president Museveni who in his powers ordered that the recruitment process be halted and one person Bamuturaki is handpicked and appointed to which the line minister General Katumba Wamala heeded to.

It was also further revealed that she doesn’t have the qualifications advertised for the job (a degree in business administration and a post graduate in public administration). According to available information, Bamuturaki holds a Degree in social works and has since enrolled for the post graduate.

What shocked the members on the committee is when the airlines boss Bamuturaki revealed that she lost her UCE pass slip and has never been given her transcript since graduating from Makerere 28 years ago. This caused mixed reactions with a section of Ugandans in her defense and others castigating her and the appointing authority President Museveni.

As the dust was settling, the COSASE chairperson yesterday ran to police to record a statement in what he termed as threats to his life by a known Museveni minister Tom Butime whom he accuses of calling him and issuing threats over the Bamuturaki investigations.

While speaking to NTV in a phone call, the tourism minister however admitted to calling Ssenyonyi but denied threatening him in the case which police has already started investigating.


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