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SCP Enanga: Fixed wing aircraft on sale

Fred Enanga and other officials (in white uniform) take a photo besides the aircraft on sale

Wakiso, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Nearly five years after the police force purchased a fixed-wing aircraft, it put it on market at a price that is almost half of its original purchase cost.

The Aircraft 5X-PEF/P180 Avanti II was purchased in June 2019 for 30.48 billion shillings but it has now been put on sale for 16.6 billion shillings.

Police’s Airwing Commandant Col Patrick Mbayo Mutome said that one of the major challenges that has forced them to sell the Aircraft is its inability to land in areas where there are no tarmac runways in most areas of Uganda.

Col Mutome said it cannot execute its major purposes such as providing aerial surveillance, rapid response, and troop transportation for emergency or terror-related operations.

Col Mutome further explained that every time it is grounded, some parts get spoiled, and buying replacements is extremely expensive. This, according to Col Mutome has made maintenance of the Aircraft extremely costly yet its importance is currently slim.

“As you are all aware, the Uganda Police Airwing is a support unit, that provides aerial patrols, search and rescue, rapid response and troop transportation, aerial surveillance for pirates and other criminal elements, aerial assault, insertion and extraction, VIP transportation, medical evacuation and case evacuation,” Col Mutome said.

Fred Enanga, the Police Spokesperson said the 9-seater Aircraft Police Airwing has responded to multiple incidents in the Karamoja region, the Rwenzori region, and the cities of Kampala, Jinja, Hoima, Mbarara, Lira, Gulu, Soroti, and Arua thus making it an integral and essential part of policing in the country.

“However, the Fixed wing PI80 Piaggio Avanti II did not achieve any positive outcome, yet it can remain airborne for up to 8 hours while providing aerial support. Since its acquisition, it has only covered a total flying distance of 117 hours, because it is not designed for non-tarmacked runways, undergoes expensive mandatory inspections, insurance and with no benefits realized,” Enanga said.

Col Mutome and Enanga said because the Aircraft parts are very expensive given the nature and category of luxury, the  Minister for Internal Affairs has given no objection to the disposal of the unserviceable aircraft and procurement of the new compatible helicopter.

Before the decision to sell the Aircraft was reached, Enanga said a composite Board of Survey inspected it and valued it at 16.6 billion shillings.

According to Col Mutome and SCP Enanga, the value of the sale price considered in the valuation analysis by the Board of Survey includes; Depreciated replacement cost value was concluded in consideration of technical condition, based valuation, Blue book values, current marketing running prices, a minimum of USD 100,681 to replace expired parts and it being the only aircraft on the African continent.

“Therefore, the replacement of the fixed-wing aircraft will provide the Police Airwing with an additional operational and effective Crime-fighting tool. So far, several types of aircraft have been reviewed, with manufacturers and in total consideration of the aircraft possible loads and operations of the Uganda Police,” Enanga said.

Enanga said that the force has considered another aircraft after the Paggio Avanti 11 Evo is disposed of. He added they are looking at a compatible aircraft that will be acquired, through the trade-in procurement sourcing method, and in line with the PPDA laws and regulations.



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