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MPs querry UGX150 Bn for reopening Entebbe airport

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Kampala, Uganda| AFP |  THE INDEPENDENT |  Members of Parliament have asked the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to revise downwards, the 150 billion Shillings reportedly needed for reopening the Airport.

The authority says that it needs up to 150 billion Shillings to cover the recurrent wage bill and sustained operations, port health infrastructure and systems, enhanced security and modification of the terminal building to meet social distancing requirements. Part of the funding is needed to complete and furnish the concession block, and improvement of regional Airport passenger facilitation.

But MPs accused CAA of taking advantage of the COVID-19 crisis to ask for huge sums of money. The matter came up today, when a team from CAA, appeared before the National Economy Committee of Parliament to among others, discuss the effects of COVID -19 on the aviation industry.

Budiope County MP Geoffrey Dhamuzungu says that his analysis shows that CAA needs only 30 of the 150 billion Shillings they asked for. He says for instance, the 72 billion Shillings that they are requesting to cover the wage bill cannot arise because they already had this covered in their annual budgets.

He says that the required for 33.5 billion Shillings for security, and 15 billion Shillings for a concession block is not urgent. Dhamuzungu says that the most vital items are the ones related to COVID-19 measures like port health infrastructure and systems and the modification of the terminal to meet social distancing guidelines.

Benard Atiku, the Ayivu MP says that although CAA has asked for a lot of money, they have not showed how the regional airlines will be equipped.

Jimmy Akena, the Lira Municipality MP said the 150 billion Shillings has  been perceived as a way to make money and asked CAA has to clear the air. He says that this could be a huge amount on the tax payers.

Elijah Okupa, the Kasilo County MP asked CAA to categorise which item requires a stimulus, and which one can hold on, but reduce the money. He says the major thing now is categorise the funding they are asking for.

The Deputy Director of CAA Fred Bamwesigye Downplays statements that they are taking advantage of COVID-19 to make unnecessary requests. He says the money they needed is for  the development of the airport in relation to COVID-19 regulations.

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7 comments

  1. RAJENDRA GOKLANI

    EBB – DxB Flight when ..???
    I am Stranded in Kampala

  2. It’s so unfortunate that in such a situation, when the whole world is still nursing the wounds caused by Covid, the civil Aviation is not ashamed to ask such a stupidily large sum of money.
    What a disgusting institution you are!

  3. When is Entebbe to Dubai start operating stranded here

  4. Me too I want to go back to dxb am stranded here to

  5. People are busy suffering not because of covid 19 but the institution of begging money from them and instead of opening the airport for the people to come back in their country you are busy pushing them away. What a shame we have in Uganda for our only president to be so rude towards his people

  6. is it true it will open on 26th /06/2020, course i have a business to do.

  7. I’m just wondering how hypocritical has this idiotic government reached at because so many people have been laid off and this foolish government headed has done nothing to help us out but instead looking for a way of milking us further I wish I could nuclearlise this entire government.

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