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Kasigwa wants court to order that he is entitled to additional training and that the Attorney General be found in breach of the statutory duty, which has frustrated his intentions to upgrade.
12 Jul 2019 11:28
A copy of Sam Kasigwa's Court documents
An aggrieved Pilot has sued the Attorney General, saying his examination results at the East African Civil Aviation Academy in Soroti were deliberately altered to show that he failed the course. In a civil suit before the High Court Civil Division in Kampala filed through Tumwesigye, Baingana and Company Advocates, Sam Kasigwa contends that the falsified results have since affected his career growth.

Kasigwa wants court to order that he is entitled to additional training and that the Attorney General be found in breach of the statutory duty, which has frustrated his intentions to upgrade. He contends that he is a holder of a Commercial Pilot’s Licence and Instrument Rating of the East African Civil Aviation Academy Soroti for, which he holds a Diploma. 

According to Kasigwa, he was admitted at the East African Civil Aviation Academy Soroti in 2006 for the Course of Flight Instructor and examined by CAA in 2007. CAA recommended him for further training in line with the Training Regulations. Kasigwa alleges that he went for the training amidst open and overt innuendos of intentions to fail him including being branded a state operative and informer especially whenever he demanded for his right to be trained. 

Through his lawyers, Kasigwa narrates that he was subjected to external examination and was marked by Captain Katatumba Kamugisha in line with the Civil Aviation (Personnel) Licensing Regulations, 2012 and was debriefed that he had passed the exams. He however, says that he was later shocked when a report came out showing that he had failed the examination needed additional training in specific areas. 

Kasigwa says he pushed for investigations into the matter and a report was done by the Deputy Inspector General of government, George Bamugemereire in 2017.  In the report seen by URN, Bamugemerire recommended that CAA assigns an Examiner to carryout Flight tests with Kasigwa. 

The report also recommended that the East African Civil Aviation Academy draws clear criteria for recommending or retaining students who wish to become instructors. Kasigwa now  contends that  he cut short his carrier with Fly540 to enable him pursue the Instructions Rating Course but the East African Civil Aviation Academy has continued to deliberately frustrate his progress.  

He wants court to find the actions of East African Civil Aviation Academy deliberate to fail him and compensate him for general, exemplary and enhanced damages. Court has summoned the Attorney General to file his defense before the matter is allocated to a judge for hearing. In 2011, High Court recommended that Kasigwa be given additional training. 

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