By Simon Abaho
Passengers aboard the Uganda Airlines plane were last evening delayed at Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar es Salaam in Tanzania for hours after it ran out of fuel.
The airlines said the delay was affected by a mix-up in delayed fuel delivery to the Aircraft at the airport.
“Allow us to apologize for the prolonged delay at Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar es Salaam that occurred yesterday July 12 on our flight UR 321.
Our service was affected by a mix up in delayed fuel delivery to the Aircraft caused by our supplier in Dar es Salaam,” reads part of the statement issued by the Airline’s management on Tuesday morning before adding that the matter has been taken up with supplier “to ensure a repeat of the same does not occur in future.”
According to one Jessica Katusiime, the incident saw passengers disembark from the aircraft and wait for several hours for the problem to be rectified.
“Apparently, the current management dismantled the fuel contracts Muleya (former CEO) put in place that were giving them credit,” she tweeted.
Following the incident, members of the public, especially those on social media criticized the Uganda Airlines management for such an incident that they said is an embarrassment to the country.
“There’s a lot of incompetence with you guys lately. If you have issues within your management at least don’t let it be seen by us your clients. There are quite a number of airlines around but we choose our own, so don’t take that for granted,” one Enigma Quentin commented on Twitter.
Matia Mubangizi said, “Sometimes I think there are external ghosts inside Uganda Airlines. How else can you explain these scandals one after the other! Precisely, Gen Katumba Wamala should explore hiring an Ethiopian CEO to run this very strategic government business.”
However, for one Bwambale, such mishaps can happen to any airline but urged improvement for better.
The national carrier, however, promised to ensure there is not be a repeat of the same.
“We have taken up the matter with them (supplier) to ensure a repeat of the same does not occur.”
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