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Museveni rejects CAA proposal to use Nakasongala airport as Entebbe’s alternative

FILE PHOTO: President, Yoweri Museveni

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | President, Yoweri Museveni has rejected a request by the Civil Aviation Authority-CAA to use Nakasongola airport as an alternative to Entebbe International Airport in case of emergency.

On Tuesday, Engineer Edward Kaweesi Ndawula, the CAA Board Chairperson told Museveni during the arrivals of the first two air crafts for the revived Uganda national airlines that Uganda lacks an alternative international airport that can allow in incoming flights in case of emergency, which forces them to divert traffic to Nairobi.

He proposed that CAA takes over the management of Nakasongola airport to operate as a dual purpose airport just like Entebbe, handling both military and civilian flights.

Ndawula said CAA has spent over Shillings 30 billion repairing the taxi and run ways.   He said they only need to build a terminal and other air service systems to use it as an alternative international airport.

However, Museveni rejected the proposal out rightly, saying he doesn’t want to mix military operations with civilian.

He explained that government is building other airports in Hoima, Gulu and Arua, saying CAA can utilize one of those.

Nakasongola airport was built by president, Iddi Amin in the 1970s with the help of Israel. It has been undergoing facelift since 2014, which included the extension of its run way.

In 2014, Museveni said he planned to move the entire army airbase from Entebbe to Nakasongola, saying “a lion stays in the wilderness, not in town. If you see a lion staying in town that means it is in a zoo…”

Museveni said then that it was only proper that the army stays in Nakasongola.

This has however, not happened. The Nakasongola airport now has a single asphalt runway and taxiway measuring approximately 3,000 metres (9,800ft) in length.

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2 comments

  1. my name is moses musoke kinene ziringwira of mukonomy view in respect to the presidents rejection to use nakasongola military air base as a multipurpose air is a bit problematic as its situated in a solitary location within uganda and an economically viable location. being that its the only airport around lake kyoga there is alot of fish exports around the lake region plus other agriculture goods which have picked market market on the outside market plus the booming cargo campanies in quest for more goods hence its economically important within this time time to serve as a gateway for much needed goods in the field of agriculture fisheries oil products and among others.it would have been a vice versa if there had been a new airport within this region to serve the same purpose see oil exploration developments around lake kyoga and the new developments in other sectors of life

  2. my name is moses musoke kinene ziringwira of mukonomy view in respect to the presidents rejection to use nakasongola military air base as a multipurpose airport is a bit problematic as its situated in a solitary location within uganda and an economically viable location. being that its the only airport around lake kyoga there is alot of fish exports around the lake region plus other agriculture goods which have picked market market on the outside world plus the booming cargo campanies in quest for more goods hence its economically important within this time time to serve as a gateway for much needed goods in the field of agriculture fisheries oil products and among others.it would have been a vice versa if there had been a new airport within this region to serve the same purpose see oil exploration developments around lake kyoga and the new developments in other sectors of life

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