Minister Joy Kabatsi addressing the press at the Media Centre in Kampala at a past event.

The Minister of State for Transport Joy Kabatsi has threatened to suspend the Chairman of Board of Directors for Uganda airlines Pereza Godfrey Ahabwe for failure to take action against board members.

According to the Minister, Mr. Ahabwe and board members declined to have a meeting with her to streamline the operations of the Airline.

“Following your refusal to attend the meeting together with your board members, I have found it necessary to communicate to you the issues that were to be discussed during the aborted meeting,” Kabatsi said

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In a letter to the Mr. Ahabwe and board members, the Kabatsi said that they were scheduled to discuss the role of board in the procurement of goods and services for airliner, recruitment of workers, lack of capacity by the various heads of departments to develop manual that are satisfactory to Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA), Why the certifying of Bombardier jets has taken long?

The minister also raised concern on why the airline is paying grounds rent and storage charges yet it procured its equipment, the need to set up its Aircraft Maintenance Organisation and the arrangements in place to set it up and other issues.

“You are asked to give me a comprehensive report on all issues highlighted above by 7th May 2021. In case of failure to respond as requested, I will have no other option but to request all stakeholders to suspend you as the chairman of the board of directors,” the minister said.

Eagle Online has learnt that, yesterday Mr. Ahabwe suspended a number of board members in reference to a decision they took to shun their meeting with the minister. The meeting was scheduled on April 20, 2021.

In a brief statement Ahabwe said; “The board of directors of Uganda Airlines wishes to inform our esteemed clients and the general public that some members of the management team have taken leave and during their absence the airline roles will be performed by the organisation in line with human resource policies,”

Eagle Online has separately learnt that Minister Kabatsi is currently embroiled in a fight with her colleagues at the ministry over supervisory roles on some of the entities which Transport and Works ministry supervises.