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    COSASE Quiz New Uganda Airlines Boss Bamuturaki Over Huge Juicy Pay; Give Her One Month To Draft New Structure…



    Uganda Airlines CEO Jennifer Bamuturaki (in white) before COSASE today

    Committee of Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) has quizzed new Uganda Airlines boss Jennifer Bamuturaki.

    COSASE, chaired by the chairperson, Joel Ssenyonyi has quizzed the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Uganda Airlines, Jennifer Bamuturaki on how she got appointed from the acting CEO and yet she had no appointment letter and was not being paid salary.

    Bamuturaki was appointed as the new substantive Chief Executive Officer of Uganda Airlines on 6th, July, 2022.

    Following her appointment, Minister of Works and transport, Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala, in a latter dated July 5, 2022 letter said the appointment of Bamuturaki who has been acting in the same position is in line with a presidential directive in a letter dated April 24, 2022.

    “Reference is made to a letter Ref. No. PO/28 dated April, 24, 2022 from H.E the President of the Republic of Uganda in respect of subject matter above copy attached for ease of reference). The purpose of this letter is to bring the directive to your attention for implication,” Gen Katumba said.

    The committee under COSASE however went on to question Bamuturaki on how she rose from Acting to CEO of Uganda Airlines.

    Following the discussion, Uganda Airlines Board member, Herbert Kamuntu, revealed that when Uganda Airlines advertised for the position of CEO, atleast 40 Ugandans applied however following a presidential directive to appoint Jennifer Bamuturaki, the whole process was halted.

    Appearing before COSASE, Bamuturaki noted that she was not among the 40 Ugandans who applied for the job because on the day she was going to apply, that is when she was appointed.

    Salary disparities at Uganda Airlines have however shocked Members of Parliament in COSASE.

    According to Ssenyonyi, CEO earns Shs.87m, Chief Financial Officer gets Shs.73 m, Manager Finance earns Shs.58m, Director maintainance gets Shs.80m, Manager IT Shs.36m, Human Resource earns Shs.43m, Manager Cargo Shs.14m and Quality Ass. gets Shs.43m.

    Asked why some Pilots get 60m and others 50 million shillings and why some Cabin Crew members earn Shs.4m, while others earn Shs.2m, Bamuturaki responded that the Airbus has a different pay structure while the CRJ Bombardier also has a different one.

    MPs on the committee asserted that they are not against the salary of the Pilots, but asked Uganda Airlines officials to explain why the Airlines, which is making losses (160bn) a year is paying managers and directors exorbitantly with the CEO earning Shs.87m.

    The CEO Bamuturaki s that they are currently reviewing these salaries.

    The committee chairman, Ssenyonyi, therefore, tasked Uganda Airlines to come up with a staff structure within one month, adding that this is how the Airlines will know who is needed and who is not.

    The Airlines had asked for end of the year to develop one but were given one month.


    By Kalamira Hope



    Security On High Alert After Sunday ADF-Linked Bomb Blast Near Uganda, DR Congo Border



    Uganda security agencies have been put on high alert after a bomb linked to the Allied Democratic Forces – ADF went off yesterday near Uganda, Congo border.

    The incident in the Eastern DRC happened at Pentecostal Church in Lhubirira, an immediate town located 4kms after Mpondwe border point. At least 10 people died on the spot and 47 others suffered injuries.

    “The terror attack shows that terrorism can occur any time and anywhere, and further reminds us all of the terrorist threats that we face as a country. Because of the existing threat environment, our Joint Counter terror task teams from CMI, Crime Intelligence, Counter terrorism, CID in coordination with territorial units, continue to operate with a heightened state of readiness. It is approximately, 425days, since the double terror task at CPS and Kampala Avenue that have led to several investigations, multiple arrests and recovery of an assortment of dangerous weapons. So far, 18 guns have been recovered, 1 PK gun and 116 PK rounds, 1 pistol, 7 IEDs, 21 electronic detoriators, 52 explogel explosives, 2 Axel blades, 2 emulsion explosives, an assortment of bomb making materials, walkie talkies, mobile phones, 185 other types of ammunition, and motorcycles etc. In addition, a total of 57 suspects (terrorists and rebels) have been arrested,” Police Spokesperson who doubles as the Joint Security Spokesman told the media in Kampala on Monday.

    And while those disruptive operations present a positive step in securing the safety of Ugandans, Enanga says that “there is still work to identify ADF cells of agents, collaborators, operatives and sponsors within the country.”

    “Several measures have also been put in place, to avert any hostile infiltrations and attacks at Mpondwe border and all other crossing points. For instance, we have stopped the movement of cargo and passenger boats across Lake Albert, intensified patrols in Bugoma forest and across the borderlines, bolstered security at major installations, markets and parking yards, and intensified intelligence on several targets among others,” he said.

    Enanga, however, asked the public not to be alarmed “by these steps because it is meant for their safety.”

    “We would like to further remind the public that the threats of terrorism are real, especially on soft targets, which are many and sometimes difficult to defend, especially restaurants, markets, shopping centres, public transportation hubs like taxi and bus parks, places of worship and other crowded places etc. as a result, we call upon the public to be extra alert and vigilant, as they go about their activities. Remember, the best defence against any terrorist threats is our collective community effort. Once again, please be alert but not alarmed. And report any suspicious behaviour or activity to the nearest police unit or security agency.”


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    City Babe Who Offered Room For Cousin & Her Boyfriend Arrested For Double Murder



    The police are investigating circumstances under which two young adults died in a fire at Jinja-Nabweru on Thursday evening.

    The deceased have been identified as Patricia, 24, and Kajumba, 27.

    Findings show that the lovers visited Suzan Keitesi, 24; a cousin of Patricia on Thursday morning. Keitesi is a resident in an apartment at Jinja Kawempe Zone A, Jinja Kawempe Ward in Nabweru Division.

    However, the pair were found dead on Thursday evening in a suspicious manner, while Keitesi was rushed to a nearby clinic and later Kawempe hospital for first aid. She was later discharged that day.

    Suspecting foul play, detectives attached to Kawempe Police Station interacted with Keitesi on her hospital bed. Her statement looked uncoordinated. She has been detained as further investigations continue.

    Deputy Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire says Patricia and her boyfriend are suspected to have been murdered.

    “We have reserved the scene for further examination by officials from National Building Review Board, UMEME, and other stakeholders, to ascertain the exact cause of the fire. 

    Whereas the tenant had a gas cooker, it was in a store and it remained intact,” Owoyesigyire said. “We have however arrested Kaitesi Suzan on allegations of Murder as investigations continue.”



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    Aponye MD Harold Byamugisha Still Missing – Security



    Police are searching for the Managing Director of Aponye Uganda Limited who went missing on Sunday night.

    Harold Byamugisha is said to have left home on Sunday dressed casually, promising his wife that he was to return.

    “The wife says he left home in a yellow shirt and white shorts. She said he called her around 11pm and informed her that he could return home in 20 minutes. He didn’t return,” Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire told the media yesterday.

    Byamugisha’s family has also put up an announcement, promising a Shs5m reward to anyone who can help them find him.

    “He was last seen in Ntinda on Sunday…driving his motor vehicle, a Range Rover, white in colour number UBF 017D. This is to inform the general public that whoever has any idea of his whereabouts, please call us on 0775363017, 07770611435 or report to the nearest police station. A reward of Shs5m is available,” the notice reads in part.

    But while reports emerged Friday morning that he had been found, security sources say Byamugisha is yet to be found.

    “He called us yesterday and said he is okay. But the wife who reported the case hasn’t physically seen him,” a security source said.

    Owoyesigyire says Byamugisha is still missing.

    “To us, he is still missing,” he said. “So, we are still looking for him and he is not safe and sound like he said.”


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