By Najibu Mulema
During the just concluded 54th independence day celebrations in Luuka district, President Museveni stressed that the government is set to bring back the defunct Uganda airlines in order to stop outflow of money being used on foreign airlines.
If the plans succeed, Uganda will first attain 2 planes at the beginning of 2017 and then another 2 planes in October the same year.
Remember, Uganda airlines was established in May 1976, it started operating in 1977. Unfortunately,the airlines collapsed way back in 2001 after poor management and unavoidable debts which surrounded the airlines by the time.Uganda as a nation last owned a national plane 15 years back.
According to Bernard Mutyaba, the former head of of uganda airlines (1993-1999), if the government is to bring back the airlines, it should resent from the past mistakes which led to its collapse.
“Uganda should learn from Ethiopia,it has trust in it’s management that’s why Ethiopia has the best airlines in Africa.” Mutyaba said.
For a country to own an airline, its a sign of development.Recently Uganda’s neighbour Rwanda, launched her Air Rwanda with a vast of state of art planes.
Capt. Mike Mukula, a Ugandan pilot said,if the Uganda airlines is to prosper, the government should avoid politicians from interfering with the running of the airlines and leave it in the hands of professionals.
He also advised the government not to tax the airlines in order for it to gain momentum.
However, Lwemiyaga MP, Theodore Ssekikubo, asked the government to first tell the nation the real people behind the return of the airlines.
“Before establishment of the airways first tell us who is behind the project,” Ssekikubo said.
In so doing, the MP believes the airline is a serious business which is not a playground for gamblers.