The Committee on Commissions Statutory Authorities and State Enterprise (COSASE) chairperson Hon. Joel Ssenyonyi says his committee is receiving threats from numerous anonymous callers believed to be security officials hired by a top cabinet minister shielding the ongoing probe into the mess at the national courier dubbed Uganda Airlines.
“We have been told to go slow on the probe or else bear with the consequences,” said one MP on the COSASE committee. “We have been warned and asked to be extra careful with how we are handling the matter,” adds another MP from the ruling NRM party.
Information indicates that all the MPs who have been lashing out at Ms Jennifer Bamuturaki over her appointment as the Executive Director of Uganda Airlines have received death threats from security officials believed to be linked to the Presidential guard dubbed SFC and a top cabinet Minister who says he is a relative to Bamuturaki.
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“Regarding threats, even when you have guards you can be gunned down. We have seen many incidents like that. But most importantly, we have got a job to do however difficult it may be,” Ssenyonyi told the media.
“A minister who identified himself as an uncle to Bamuturaki asked me to back off her niece. He warned that he will end my life if I persist with the investigations. I have filed a case with the Central Police Station, Kampala. It’s upon them to follow the matter but I’ve done my part,” Ssenyonyi added.
The COSASE committee discovered that the airline’s boss illegally obtained the position with a presidential directive to the Ministry of Works and Transport in July. It is said President Museveni wrote to Gen. Katumba Wamala instructing him to appoint Ms Jennifer Bamuturaki despite that the search for the Airlines CEO had attracted over 40 applications from qualified competent persons. Bamuturaki whose academic credentials are lacking obtained the position minus applying for the same. At least UGX 500b has been lost to the Airlines years after its inception in the 2019/20 Financial Year.