The Minister of Works and Transport, Hon. Gen. Katumba Wamala, inaugurated a new Board of Directors to oversee the performance of Uganda Civil Aviation Authority(UCAA). During a brief ceremony that was held at the Ministry of Works and Transport offices on Wednesday, Justice Steven Kavuma was inaugurated as new Chairman of the Board of Directors taking over from Eng. Edward Mike Ndawula.
His appointment and that of the other Board Members was announced on June 3, 2020 following the approval of the appointments by Cabinet. The inauguration ceremony, which also doubled as a farewell to the out-going members of the Board in recognition of services rendered in the last three years, was held at the Ministry of Works and Transport’s Central Mechanical Workshop in Kampala.
Other new board members include, Moses Lubowa, Ethel Kamba, Dr. Alayo Ocero and Thomas James Kiggundu. Board Members who served on the last Board and were returned, include, Hajji Zubair Musoke, Angela Kiryabwire Kanyima and James Kubeketerya.
Mike Ndawula who assumed duties as a board chairperson on May 17, 2017, has been executing the mandate of oversight over the Authority’s business for the last three years. “I have personally served two consecutive three-year terms and made a contribution to the transformation of the air transport industry,” noted Ndawula.
One of the major highlights of the last three years was when the Authority registered excellence in the Universal Security Audit Programme (USAP), which won the country the ICAO Council of President’s Certificate in Aviation Security, among other accolades. It was the first time in history for Uganda to receive such recognition after an ICAO audit.
“The Authority’s financial performance in terms of generating revenue to sustain operations was exemplary having registered a 22.3% growth during the period from the year ended June 2017 to the year ended June 2019 before the impact of COVID-19 manifested in 2020,” stated Eng. Ndawula.
“International passenger traffic grew at an average annual rate of 8.86% between 2016-2019 yet it had been anticipated to grow at 7.5%. In absolute terms, international passenger traffic grew from 1,535,353 in 2016 to 1,980,922 in 2019. Similarly, cargo traffic grew from 59,558 metric tonnes in 2016 to 64,731 metric tonnes in 2019,” the outgoing board chairperson noted.