Uganda Airlines Officials led by CEO Jenifer Bamuturaki have once again appeared before the Committee on Commissions Statutory and State Enterprises (COSASE) as the probe into the operations of Uganda Airlines continues.
On Wednesday, the COSASE Committee chaired by Joel Ssenyonyi discovered that Bamuturaki was given a job without the minimum academic requirements as per the job description.
The job, according to a description that accompanied the call for applications, required an ideal candidate to hold a bachelor’s degree in any field, post-graduate training in administration or any other business-related course, and at least 10 years of aviation experience at a senior management level.
The ideal candidate was also required to have experience in marketing and commercial aspects of the airline business, including knowledge of airline commercial systems, experience in marketing an airline business, knowledge of airline commercial systems, and previous or current experience as CEO or chief operations officer of a successful commercial airline, scheduling, and planning of commercial and charter flights, among others.
She, however, insisted that she was qualified to run the airline.
“I am qualified to run Uganda Airlines… It doesn’t matter whether I went to the moon or did MDD. What matters is whether I have the skill or not, and I do. I can’t blame myself for being appointed,” she said.
The MPs asked her to present her academic documents in the next meeting which is today.
Bamuturaki and other airline officials were put under Oath this morning.
Bamuturaki shocked the committee again when she said that ever since she graduated in 1994 from Makerere University with a degree in Social Work and Social Administration (SWASA), she has never got her academic transcript.
She also said that she lost her UCE result slip.
COSASE has decided to examine the academic qualifications of the top management of Uganda Airlines.
The MPs were also concerned over her change of names. In 2019, she registered a deed poll changing her name to Jenifer Arnold Lenkai. She said, however, she didn’t conclude on the process of changing names, as she changed her mind.