Soroti Flying School in UGX 90M Investigation

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THE Inspectorate of Government (IGG) is investigating the management of the East African Civil Aviation Academy for alleged embezzlement of funds worth 90 million shillings.

THE Inspectorate of Government (IGG) is investigating the management of the East African Civil Aviation Academy for alleged embezzlement of funds worth 90 million shillings.

Preliminary investigations show that the money was meant for aviation fuel for trainee pilots, who have been complaining of lack of training over the last couple of months.

Ali Munira , the IGG’s public relations officer, says they are investigating the academy, commonly known as Soroti Flying School, on two cases that happened in 2012. Munira points out that the two cases are being handled at IGG headquarters in Kampala. She notes that no officials have been implicated since investigations are still going on.

Munira observes that when investigations are over, they will decide whether to prosecute those implicated depending on the evidence.

The minister for works and transport, Eng Abraham Byandala, says he has received some letters of alleged mismanagement of funds at the academy.

Byandala explains that after receiving the letters, he passed them on to the Permanent Secretary to make investigations.
More than 80 students at the academy have on several occasions threatened to stage a strike over what they called mismanagement of the school. Some of the students say they have been at the school for over five years doing courses meant to last two years.

A source at the school told URN that the management has been unable to send its students on flight lessons for over two months after its stock of aviation fuel ran out. The source also told URN that the school is also currently struggling to renew its aviation license which has expired. He said the academy has been operating on old maps which need to be reviewed and new training manuals designed.

Bernard Wandera, the director of the academy, confirmed the fuel shortage when he talked to URN in July. He was however optimistic that their reserves would be replenished especially in the new financial year.

Wandera said it was costly to keep the aircrafts in the air saying they have fuel consumption ranging from 40 litres per hour to 100 litres per hour when in flight. With each litre of the fuel costing 7,000 shillings, he said the academy requires much money to remain in operation.
 
The East African Civil Aviation Academy was established in 1971 to train pilots and aircraft Engineers for the East African market.