Govt Withdraws Documents on Ownership of Uganda Airlines, Ministers Put on Oath

Finance Minister, Matia Kasaija taking an oath on Thursday.

The Minister of Works and Transport, Azuba Ntege and the Minister of Finance, Matia Kasaija have withdrawn the documents that were tabled on Wednesday on the floor of Parliament concerning the ownership of revamped Uganda Airlines.

Appearing before the committee on Thursday, the Minister of Finance apologized for the errors that have the Ministries in total shame.

They noted that the documents that were tabled on Wednesday were in error and asked to be allowed opportunity to table new evidence.

In a crisis meeting last evening, Minister Kasaija and Works Minister, Ntege Azuba withdrew documents which indicated that government owns 100 perecent shares.

Following a procedural matter from members of the committee, the Ministers were put to oath as well as their technical officials.

According to the committee chairperson Amos Lugoloobi, there is no evidence of registration of the Airline.

Yesterday, Minister Azuba disputed claims contained in a minority report of the Parliamentary committee on budget, that government has only two shares in the revived Uganda Airlines.

On Tuesday, while tabling the minority report on the supplementary request by government for a sum of Shs 280bn for the purchase of bombardier planes for the Uganda Airlines, Lira Woman MP, Joy Atim Ongom told legislators that government only has two shares while the owners of the 99.97 shares are unknown.

Ongom revealed that the share capital of Uganda National Airlines Company Limited is 200 million divided into 2 million shares of Shs 100.

She said that of the 2 million shares, only 2 shares worth Shs 200 are allotted to Minister of Works and Transport as well as Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Ongom said.

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