The interim Board of the Uganda Airlines has terminated the contract of the Chief Executive Officer, Mr Cornwell Muleya, eight months after suspending him and several other top level managers over allegations of mismanagement.  

Waiswa Bageya, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works and Transport, has said that the interim board, which met on Friday, also decided to terminate the contract of Rogers Wamara, the Director Commercial.

Bageya also said the terminal benefits of the affected staff will be paid.

He explained that the Inspectorate of Government will conduct his own investigations against the suspended staff.

“We have concluded the case against most of the suspended officials administratively. But we are also waiting for the decision of Inspector General of Government on the matter,” the minister is quoted by URN as saying.

“I cannot disclose the reasons for the CEO’s termination right now because the IGG is still conducting investigations. But the interim board of directors decided to terminate his contract because the allegations against him were substantial and he was found culpable,” he adds.

The minister of Works and Transport, Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala, suspended Muleya and 12 other top officials on April 21, 2021, on the orders of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to pave way for investigations into allegations of financial mismanagement, collusion, and nepotism in staff recruitment among other issues.

The other affected top managers included Wamara the Director Commercial; finance director Paul Turacayisenga, and Procurement Manager Moses Wangalwa.  

Also, the Sales and marketing manager Deo Nyanzi, Andrew Tumusiime (Senior administration manager), Harvey Kalama (Ground Operational Manager), Bruno Oringi (Safety Manager), Michael Kaliisa (Quality manager), Crew Training Manager Juliet Otage Odur, and first Officers Kenneth Kiyemba and Alex Kakooza were suspended.

However, the officials kept recovering their salaries.

Muleya, a Zambian national, was hired to lead the Uganda Airlines on September 2019 and by the time of his suspension, he was serving his third contract, which was due to expire in September 2022.