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JUST IN: Mwenda Lashes At ‘Loss Making’ Uganda Airlines Over Under Utilization

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Veteran journalist Andrew Mwenda has lashed at the Uganda airlines which was revamped in a big come back in 2019 with huge cash in investments. The airline first acquired four birds from Bombadier and later shipped in two long haul Air buses.

This acquisition portrayed the Uganda Airlines as one of the those flight companies to watch out for in the region and on the continent.

The airline quickly rolled out journeys to Tanzania, Kenya, South Sudan, Somalia, Somalia, Rwanda, Burundi among others but the more it kept growing, the more it made losses and was listed among the top loss making government agencies.

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Just like Kenya airways save for the Ethiopian airlines in the region, Uganda airlines is not exceptional and despite the beautiful PR outside, inside it’s grappling with costs of maintaining when not not making profits with Jenifer Bamuturaki at the helm at the CEO.

Andrew Mwenda thinks, the Uganda Airlines is not flying the Crane to the Pearl of Africa as expected especially with more planes and less routes. According to Mwenda, the Air buses were purchased to tap into long flight journeys like India, UK, the US, UAE, China among others but this isn’t being done two Airbuses equipped with the latest modern technology acquired in August 2021.

Mwenda lashes at the new management of the Uganda airlines for not adding any new route two years later and to make matters worse, they want to add on more 6 planes when even the existing one’s are under-utilized. The Airbus are only operating the Dubai route not the UK, China, US etc as indicated before.

The Joel Ssenyonyi led COSASE did a public investigation into the affairs of the Uganda airline where several loopholes were identified including gaps in the hiring process. Top bosses were quizzed including the CEO Bamuturaki.

A report was done, recommendations made but the report was never tabled before parliament on grounds that it was leaked to the media and this rendered the COSASE report on Uganda airlines a waste of time and resources.

A minister in Museveni’s government confessed to threatening the COSASE chairman Ssenyonyi and Museveni also revealed that Ssenyonyi picked interest in the Uganda Airlines issues simply because the CEO Jenifer Bamuturaki refused to wet his beak.

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