By Spy Uganda
Kampala: After learning about the various negative claims trending on a couple of social media platforms expressing discrepancies in the age and name for the newly appointed Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCCA) Director-General, Bamwesigye Fred Kanyangoga, TheSpy Uganda reached put to him for clarification on the same.
We have discovered that this very matter first came to light through a whistle-blower’s letter to various investigative bodies, including the office of the Inspector General of the government, which have all since fully investigated the matter several times and dropped the allegations after finding them mere propaganda with baseless claims tainted with mala-fide.
In April 2021, a recycled anonymous whistleblower report was sent to the Inspectorate of Government over the same claims, and in a media interview, the then Ag. IGG noted that the claims were first presented to the IGG in 2017, comprehensively investigated and found to be untrue. The matter was recycled four times and sent to the same office with the same content.
The matter has also been to court through civil suit no. 110 of 2021, and Court resolved the matter through a ruling that exonerated Bamwesigye on April 9, 2021.
According to Bamwesigye, he erroneously recorded conflicting dates in his early school days, which was carried on in the first years of employment. However, upon confirmation of the right date of birth, following recovery of authentic documentation, including a baptism card, the right date was formally regularized through September 2007 Statutory Declaration and this was long before contemplating that he would in future vie for the position of DG of UCAA.
According to him, in 2007, he had not even joined the Authority. The records being discussed on social media are from a passport that was obtained sometime back before confirmation of the exact date of birth (as indicated above). In their investigations, the Inspectorate of Government noted as much, and so did Court, before making a ruling on the matter.
‘Anonymous’ Whistleblower Finally Identified!
Whereas previously, the whistleblower had been anonymous, our Spy has finally unearthed his identify and can now authoritatively reveal that his name is Mr. Pascal Jabbe Osinde, a former employee of UCAA, whose services were terminated on account of a Court Order.
In fact, this website has since learnt that Osinde has now written to the Committee of Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE), other Committees of Parliament and a host of media houses over the same saga, which had severally been investigated and dropped after investigators found put that the whole saga was in bad faith and lacked facts.
In his petition to COSASE, Osinde on the other hand alleged that the appointment of Bamwesigye was irregular ”as he didn’t meet the criteria in the advert and lacked the requisite integrity to run such a highly specialised agency with regulatory powers.