The National Economic Empowerment Dialogue (NEED) has dismissed as “misplaced” the ongoing investigation into the operations of Uganda Airlines. The opposition pressure group says, Parliament’s Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) is “wasting tax payers’ money” by looking into the national career leadership, rather than the people who appointed them to those oppositions.
“To the Members of Parliament, we want to say, stop wasting Ugandans time and money to giving Panadol to a malaria patient.
The truth is we know the real corrupt people,” said NEED National Coordinator Asuman Odaka on Monday.
Last week, COSASE under the chairmanship of Hon Joel Ssenyonyi started investigating the leadership of Uganda Airlines, with focus on the CEO Mrs. Jennifer Bamuturaki.
The committee established among others, that Bamuturaki did not have the required academic documents at the time she was handed the job.
Mr Ssenyonyi also revealed during a radio talk show last weekend that one of the airline directors, when asked for their CV, had Senior Six as their highest qualification.
But according to NEED, all these individual findings are symptoms of a bigger problem in the country, which Odaka says can be traced back to “Plot 1 of this country. “It seems to us that Parliament is not interested in solving this problem. Originally, the appointments in government parastatals like Uganda Airlines wasn’t for the president, but they allowed this crooked leadership to make these appointments.
Now what are you investigating? The person who gifted this lady what that job, should be the one to be investigated,” he said,
“Cosase or police will not save Ugandans from corruption; they are just old
structures that are meant to keep us busy, because as these discussion is taking
place, there is something else that is cooking and we know that Cosase will
soon jump from that to another one.”