Reappointment of Uganda Civil Aviation Authority chair angers parliamentarians


UGANDA (eTN) – When the Minister for Transport and Works finally appointed Eng. Baliddawa to a further term of office recently, alongside other board members, it prompted an outcry from some members of the parliamentary oversight committee on transport, as well as members of the public accounts committee of parliament, who accused the Minister of ignoring their objections and termed the fresh appointment “illegal.”

As reported in the local media, they accused the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) board chairman and some of the re-appointed board members of irregularities over contract awards, although clearly the minister thought otherwise when he signed the appointment instruments.

The move to restore a fully functional board was generally welcomed by the aviation fraternity though, as the previous term of office of the board had expired many months ago, leaving the CAA management without the benefit of receiving advice and/or oversight. Eng. Baliddawa can look back at a long and distinguished career in aviation and is generally considered as a sound choice for chairman, but in the run up to the general elections early next year, every such appointment now tends to be politicized beyond reason, irrespective of a candidate’s obvious qualifications.