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Delayed Construction of Kasese Airport Irks Leaders

Geoffrey Sibendire Bigogo, the Kasese District LC V chairperson wants government to fulfill its pledge, saying developing airfield will boost the tourism sub sector and increase local revenue collection in the region.
01 Dec 2018 08:55

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The delayed upgrade of Kasese airfield to an airport has raised concern among local leaders there. In 2006, President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni pledged to elevate Kasese airfield an international airport.

 

Government through the Civil Aviation Authority-CAA secured land for the upgrade and expansion of the airfield to international standards. In 2013, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) revealed that it had earmarked US$ 56 for the same cause.

However, a part from fencing off the land, no work has been done. Local leaders in Kasese, say the proposed upgrade of Kasese airfield to an International airport is long overdue.

 

Geoffrey Sibendire Bigogo, the Kasese District LC V chairperson wants government to fulfill its pledge, saying developing airfield will boost the tourism sub sector and increase local revenue collection in the region.

 

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The Kasese Municipality MP, Robert Centenary has always argued that Kasese is strategically located and links to Queen Elizabeth, Mt. Rwenzori, Semuliki, Mgahinga and Bwindi Impenetrable National Parks and the Uganda-DRC border.

 

 

He expressed his dissatisfaction over the delayed upgrade of the facility while meeting the president's brother and Chief Coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation Program, Gen Salim Saleh.  The legislator argued that the development of Kasese airfield is the only sure way of harnessing the tourism potential of Rwenzori region and subsequently get people out of poverty.

 

Vianney Luggya, the Manager Public Affair sat Civil Aviation Authority attributes the delay to a decision by CAA to undertake heavy infrastructure development at the field. Luggya said the upgrade of Kasese airfield into an international airport requires an estimated US$ 170 Million US dollars, which isn't available. 

He also disclosed that they haven't received the US$ 56 Million that they had initially thought would be used to construct the first phase of the project. "It is important to appreciate that this is a multi-billion project. We don't have enough funds to upgrade it now. By the way, they are three fields that we want to build and we want to ensure that they meet international standards,” he said.

He urged the leaders to remain calm, saying CAA is committed to upgrading the facility to international standards.

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