Abavubuka mwenyigire mu bulimi - Kabaka awadde amagezi.

Dec 08, 2014

Kabaka ng’awuubira ku bantu be ku mbuga y’eggombolola y’e Buwama mu ssaza ly’e Mawokota e Mpigi ku Lwomukaaga ku mikolo gy’Abavubuka mu Buganda.


KABAKA Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II alagidde abavubuka okwongera okwegatta 

beenyigire mu bulimi nga balima ebirime eby’ettunzi okusobola okwekulaakulanya.

Omutanda ng’ali ku mikolo gy’abavubuka mu Buganda ku mbuga y’eggombolola y’e Buwama mu ssaza lya Mawokota mu disitulikiti y’e Mpigi ku Lwomukaaga, yawadde abavubuka amagezi okukozesa ebifo ku masaza ne ku magombolola okukolerako emirimu egy’enjawulo egy’enkulaakulana

n’asiima abatandiseewo emirimu ne bayambako n’abalala okwebeezaawo.


Ente Omubaka Kenneth Kiyingi Bbosa (Mawokota South) gye yatonedde 

Ssaabasajja ku Lwomukaaga. 

Kabaka alagidde abavubuka okwekebeza Kabaka yakubirizza abavubuka okwekuuma:

“Omwaka guno tujjukiziddwa ensonga y’ebyobulamu. Abavubuka tusaanye okwekuuma nga tuli balamu, okwekebeza buli mwaka kubanga si kirungi okugenda mu ddwaaliro nga tumaze okugonda ate omuvubuka alina okulya obulungi.”

Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga yakunze abavubuka okukozesa emikisa Kabaka gy’abatee

reddewo; mu by’obulimi beekwate BUCADEF n’okuyingira Ssuubiryo Zambogo SACCO.

Omulamwa gwabadde; Omuvubuka omulamu ate nga mukozi ye nnamuziga w’enku

laakulana mu Buganda, era wano Minisita w’abavubuka e Mmengo, Henry Ssekabembe, we yategeerezza nga bammemba ba Ssuubiryo Zambogo SACCO bwe batuuse ku 1,500 nga kati balinawo n’obukadde 285.


Abamu ku Baamasaza ku mukolo gw’Abavubuka mu Buganda e Mawokota ku Lwomukaaga.

Omukolo gwetabyeko; ssentebe w’abavubuka mu Buganda, Richard Kabanda, Kayima David Ssekyeru, Katikkiro eyawummula Dan Mulika, sipiika wa Buganda Nelson Kawalya n’omumyuka we Ahmed Lwasa, Minisita Amelia Kyambadde, Omubaka Kenneth Kiyingi Bbosa (Mawokota South) ssaako baminisita b’e Mmengo, abakulu b’ebika n’Abaamasaza.

Abayimbi; Mathias Walukagga ne Fred Ssebbale be baasanyusiza abantu ba Kabaka.


The first bank in The Ganda Kingdom

By Henry Lubega

Posted  Sunday, March 1  2015 


Before 1906, there was no banking institution in Uganda until November of the same year when the national Bank of India opened its first branch in Entebbe, and four years later it opened the first bank in Kampala, although it was later taken up to become Grindlys Bank.

The National Bank of India was followed by Standard Bank of South Africa Limited when on September 19, 1912, it opened its first branch in Kampala. And a few years later it opened another branch in Jinja.


Barclays followed in 1927 when it opened two branches in Kampala and Jinja. In 1954 three more banks; Bank of Baroda, Bank of India and The Nedelandsche Handel-Maatschappij M.V (Netherlands Trading Society) opened in Uganda.

According to Saben’s commercial directory and handbook of Uganda, as early as 1949 the banking system had been established in Uganda but did not control much of the financial liquidity that was in circulation across the board in the country.

“Much of the money was controlled in the bazaars and other channels which were predominantly controlled by people of the Asian origin. These people played a key role in the buying of cotton.

However, areas where banks were non-existent, merchants in those areas played the part of the banks. This was through taking drafts in exchange for cash or physical items in exchange for hard cash,” Saben wrote.

By 1950, it was realised that to bring more Africans into the business there was need to provide them with credit. Unfortunately, the commercial banks at the time would not extend credit to Africans because of the nature of their securities.

Under Ordinance number 20 of 1950 the Uganda Credit and Saving Bank was created purposely to extend credit facilities to Africans with the aim of furthering agriculture, commercial building and co-operative society purposes.

On October 2, 1950, the bank was opened and by 1961 it had spread to places like Arua, Fort Portal, Jinja, Soroti, Gulu, Masaka and Mbale, taking only African deposits.

Building Society

Two years later, the first Building Society in Uganda was opened as a subsidiary of a Kenyan owned firm Savings and Loans Society Limited. 

More financial institutions continued to open up in Uganda with Lombard Bank from Kenya, in partnership with Uganda Development Corporation, opening the Lombank Uganda Limited in 1958. It was this bank which first introduced the hire purchase system of shopping in Uganda.

It was not until 1966 that through an act of Parliament that Bank of Uganda was created. Prior to this, issues to do with money were handled by the East African currency board which had its head offices in Kenya.

In daddy’s scientific footsteps: With her 5th degree, Butambala girl lives the American dream:

Written by Joseph W. Kamugisha & Ronnie Mayanja

 Created: 29 May 2012


PhD Holder: Dr Sala Nanyanzi Senkayi(centre) and mother(right) and supervising Professor(left)

   Sala and her Daddy.

It is every parent’s dream to see their children grow up and graduate from university.

But often do you meet a five-degree holder, topped off with a Doctorate degree or PhD?

Well, recently the Ugandan community in Dallas Fort Worth not only embraced one, they also welcomed their community’s first and youngest female PhD holder in the names of Dr Sala Nanyanzi Senkayi. It has been a long time coming for the young lady, the daughter of Dr Abu Senkayi (PhD) and Sunajeh Senkayi, having began her humble journey at Texas A&M University, with a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) degree.

She would later pick up two other B.Sc degrees and a Master of Science degree) from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). And then came her PhD in environmental science from the same University of Texas at Arlington, for which she wrote a dissertation on “Proximity to Airport and Cancer Incidences in Texas”.

Many people will be familiar with the adage that it takes a village to raise a child; that is what many friends and well wishers of the Senkayi family said during Sala’s graduation party. The proud parents could be seen beaming with excitement as speaker after speaker, spoke about their daughter’s achievement.

Emcee Frank Sentamu, added excitement to the evening when he suggested that the two doctors should change their names to Dr Senkayi Senior and Dr Senkayi Junior as a way of separating father and daughter.

The journey that first inspired the young Sala could be traced back to her childhood. According to her father, on the day he got his PhD, Sala ran to the stage, grabbed her Dad’s hat and put it on her own head, as if to suggest that one day she would wear her own. Several years passed but Dr Abu Senkayi did not imagine ever having the pleasure of participating in the hooding process of his only daughter.

The hooding process is normally reserved for the graduate’s major professor, but in one of those rare occasions when a parent of the student is a Doctorate degree holder, the pleasure and opportunity of carrying out this exercise is often passed on to the parent, which in this case was Dr Abu Senkayi an environmental scientist himself.

Sala owes her success to the inspiration and support of her parents, and brother Ali Senkayi, an electrical engineer. She is also quick to mention the collective effort of many other community friends and relatives who encouraged her along her academic journey.

Dr Abu Senkayi, an official Buganda Kingdom representative in North America, also mentioned that Sala had been involved in planning for Buganda cultural activities in Dallas. In 2001, young as she was, Sala played a prominent role during Kabaka Ronald Mutebi’s, visit to Dallas. The same was the case when the Nnabagereka of Buganda, Sylvia Nnaginda, visited in 2005.

The Senkayi family, originally from Kibibi in Butambala, left Uganda in the 1970s and settled in the United States. They visit Uganda regularly and were here only last December, to participate in the Ugandan Diaspora conference the Serena Hotel. Dr Sala is also an active community organizer who spends time going to schools and colleges to talk about Environmental protection.

Besides her commitment to the community, Sala maintains a full time job in the same office block and department with her father, at the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Her EPA mentor proudly noted, during the evening graduation dinner, that Sala is “a very dedicated girl, who takes her job very seriously and devotes a lot of time into everything she does.”

Before Sala joined her father as an EPA employee, the father remembers bringing her to the office on special days when employees are allowed to bring their children to the office. One could say that all this gave the little girl some early inspiration to follow in her dad’s footsteps.

But when asked why she chose environmental science Sala said: “I’m not trying to follow my dad’s footsteps per se, because I like Biology and my dad is a soil scientist. But I also like my dad because he is a cool guy!”

Sala says she enjoys her work environmental protection, and her fellowship in the Ugandan community. “Getting a degree is just part of the story” she says. “Making friends, helping each other, as Ugandan community members to advance each other, is what will help us succeed here in the Diaspora.”

With her five degrees, the single Dr Sala intends to keep her job at EPA, although she could go into academia; and she still cherishes working with children on environment-related programmes.

“I can now say that I’m free at last,” she says. “I have all the time I need to live and enjoy my life.”

Pulezidenti Museveni atunze ente 400 mu lufula y’e Luweero

By Musasi wa Bukedde

Added 15th August 2016

 Pulezidebti ( mu byeru) ng’aggulawo lufula.

PULEZIDENTI Museveni mulunzi era mu kiseera kino agamba nti alina ennume 400 ze yamaze okufunira akatale mu lufula y’Abamisiri ey’omulembe gye yagguddewo e Luweero. Lufula eno yagguddwaawo ku Lwokuna lwa wiiki ewedde.

Pulezidenti yagambye nti ennume zino bagenda kuziggya ku ffaamu ye, bazitwale bazirunde zisobole okutuuka ku mutindo oguvaamu ennyama etundibwa ebweru w’eggwanga. Lufula eno ey’omulembe eyitibwa “Egypt Uganda Food Security Ltd “ ng’esangibwa ku kyalo Nyimbwa mu Luweero, yeesudde kiromita 30 okuva mu Kampala.

Erimu ebyuma ebiri ku mulembe ebikozesebwa okulongoosa ennyama y’ente nga bitandikira mu kusalako omutwe, okubaagako eddiba n’okusala amagumba mu bwangu. Mulimu ebyuma ebiyonja ennyama n’ebyenda n’ebitundu ebirala mu ngeri ey’omulembe . Oluvannyuma ennyama eno egenda kutundibwa ku katale k’ensi yonna .

Lufula eno egenda kusala ente 400 buli lunaku ng’ennyama etwalibwa bweru w’eggwanga. Pulezidenti Museveni we yasinzidde okukunga abalunzi abalina ennume bazirunde mu ngeri esingayo okuba ennungi basobole okuziguza Abamisiri bafunemu ssente eziwera.

Bannannyini lufula eno baatandiseewo ekifo eky’enjawulo mwe bagenda okutendekera abalunzi ku mutindo gw’obulunzi bw’ente ogw’enjawulo ezituukana n’akatale kano.

Lufula eno yaakugaziyizibwa epakirenga ennyama mu mikebe gattako okulongoosa amaliba gakolebwemu ebintu ebiralaDayirekita w’ekifo kino, Sherif El Kallini yagambye nti bagula ekika ky’ente zonna omuli maleeto n’ez’olulyo lwa wano. “Wabula tusinga kwagala ente eriko ebiwandiiko ebiraga ebyafaayo byayo nga birungi era nga tesukka myaka esatu wabula ng’erina obuzito bwa kkiro 300 n’okusingawo.

Zino zivaamu ennyama egonda eyeetaagibwa ku katale k’ensi yonna . Buli kkiro tugigula wakati wa 3,500 /- ne 4,000/.,” bwe yagambye. Omukugu okuva mu yunivasite e Makerere, Denis Asizua yagambye nti ente erundibwa mu ngeri ey’omulembe nga ya nnyama, omulunzi alina okugirabirira obulungi.












Tatuula asuulumba busuuluumbi

Tewali nsonga eneetulemesa kumaliriza Masiro - Katikkiro
Feb 02, 2015

KATIKKIRO Charles Peter Mayiga agambye nti okusoomoo

zebwa kwayolekedde kwe kutaasa Bassekabaka abagalamidde mu Masiro e Kasubi omusana mu kiseera kino ogubookya ate n’okuteeka ekifo kino ku mutindo gw’ensi yonna.

Yazzeemu okuwera ng’Amasiro gano bwe galina okuggwa mu mbeera yonna n’agamba nti, “Nziramu okuwera nti tewali nsonga egenda kutulemesa kumaliriza mulimu guno. Enkuba ketonye, kibuyaga kaakunte, omusana ka gwake, tulina okumaliriza amasiro.”

Bino Katikkiro yabyogedde bwe yabadde alambuza Obuganda omulimu ogukolebwa ku Masiro e Kasubi eggulo ku Ssande n’asiima bonna abali ku mulimu era n’agamba nti omulimu guno gulina okutambuzibwa okusinziira mu mitendera.

Ssentebe w’olukiiko oluvunaanyizibwa ku kuzzaawo Amasiro, Al- Haji Kaddu Kiberu yategeezezza ng’okutusibwa kwa langi ebadde emaze ebbanga eddene ng’erindirirwa bwe kiguddewo essula empya mu kuzzaawo Amasiro gano.

Kaddu yagambye nti “ Essa kwe tutuuse, omulimu guno gusigadde mu mikono gy’abantu babiri ate bonna nga bataka; Kasujja ne Muteesasira era mubadde mugamba nti tubadde tutambudde mpola naye nange ngenda kubakanda ebyetaagisa ebirala okuli essubi, emmuli, amavuvume n’ebirala.

Omutaka Muteesasira Tendo Keeya yagambye nti ttiimu ye ey’Abagirinya yamaze dda okugitendeka era yeetegese okutandika omulimu gw’okulasa akasolya k’enju Muzibu Azala Mpanga ate n’oluvannyuma akwase Wabulakayole ( Omusige okuva ewa Kasujja), omulimu gw’okusereka.

“ Omulimu oguddako muzito era muzibu. Mu mbeera eno gugenda kutambula mpola kubanga eby’obuwangwa tebikubibwamu mavuunya n’olwekyo tulina okugendera mu mitendera,” Omumyuka owookubiri owa Katikkiro era Minisita w’obulambuzi, obuwangwa n’ennono Haji Muhamood Sekimpi bwe yagambye.

Langi ebadde erindiriddwa okuva e Girimani yatuusibwa wiiki ewedde nga kwajjirako omukugu era nga gulondoolwa aba kkampuni ya langi Peacock ng’olunaku lw’eggulo ( Ssande) baalaze abantu abaabadde e Kasubi engeri langi eno eyatereddwaako gy’egenda okutaasaamu Amasiro.

Allan Kibirige ku lwa Peacock yannyonnyodde nti, “ Langi eno eyamba okutaasa omuliro ne gutasanyawo Masiro okumala essaawa bbiri ng’abazinyamwoto bwe bajja. Mu ngeri

y’emu egenda kuyamba okuwangaaza enju eno.

Omuwanika w’olukiiko lw’Amasiro, Gaster Lule Ntakke yalangiridde ensimbi 5,019,700/- nga ku zino Pius Mugalaasi n’omutuba gwa Katulami e Kisunku mu ssiga lya Jjumba mu kika ky’enkima gwakulembera yaleeseeko obukadde buna. Ntakke yagambye nti ensimbi zino zigenda kusigala Kasubi okukola ku nsonga ez’enjawulo okuli amasannyalaze n’amazzi agatawaanya abagasulamu.

The historical failures of Uganda Airlines since 1976:

By Frederic Musisi


8 May, 2019



The defunct Uganda Airlines aircraft. MPs blamed its collapse on corruption, among other issues. FILE PHOTO




Barely 18 years after the national carrier exited, Uganda Airlines has made a return to the skies in a notoriously fickle industry.

Beyond protectionist policies and low volumes of passengers that afflict many national carriers in Africa, Uganda Airlines Corporation (UAC) will have to shake off a chequered history peppered with deep-seated institutional malaise, incompetence and interference from regime cronies that led to its collapse.

This is largely what the Special House Committee sanctioned to probe the privatisation of a number of government parastatals in 1999 summed up as “a few but politically- powerful people sacrificed the citizens’ interest to manipulate and take advantage of the privatisation process.”

Rummaging through the airlines history buried in the heap of scripts, perhaps lie answers to what happened to the airline before it collapsed.
For example, UAC was technically bankrupt to the tune of $11m (Shs41b), its books of account had not been audited since 1994, it suffered severe losses of its market share on all routes and the brand of the company had been immensely damaged by mismanagement and corruption.
However, several observers have opined that the last nail, which actually came first, in UAC’s coffin was the creaming off of its lucrative ground handling business—the Uganda Airlines and Entebbe Handling Services (ENHAS).

Besides the opaque sale of the airlines assets, was the death of Davis Joash Mugizi, a former commercial service manager. 
Mugizi had appeared before the special committee where he provided valuable information on the mismanagement of Uganda Airlines before its collapse.

“He came back after that and pleaded with the committee and said guys, I am going to be killed. The guy pleaded, the guy came crying. He said I am going to be killed. I am going to be killed for what I have told you,” Ms Salaamu Musumba, a member of the committee, who represented Bugabula South in the Sixth Parliament, recalled.

Witness killed
On June 1, 2000, Mugizi was killed in Bunga, a Kampala suburb, barely seven months after Parliament debated the committee report.
Five Sudanese were later charged in the High Court for his murder.

The suspects were freed in 2003, re-arrested and later regained their freedom. 
Mugizi was among the technocrats who served at the time the winds of privatisation propelled by the Washington consensus— the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund—were sweeping across the country.

Besides UAC, a dozen other parastatals such as Uganda Commercial Bank (UCB) were dismantled and others sold for a pittance.
On November 2, 1999, the special committee chaired by the late Aisu Omongole, the former Kumi MP, tabled its report before the plenary.

Parliament heard that at the time of privatising UAC, there was almost nothing to sell apart from two old planes. The committee report revealed that in November 23, 1993, the Civil Aviation Authority had invited inquiries in Public Notice. Services listed included, among others, aircraft, cargo and passenger handling which were being provided by UAC.

“Most often, members well placed in this regime (NRM) and in past regimes, were using this place. They would use it for their private errands without paying for the plane,” the report read in part.

The House committee questioned how Efforte, a company owned by Gen Salim Saleh, President Museveni’s younger brother, and an Israeli national Hezi Bezalel, Kenbe Investments Limited owned by Mr William Byaruhanga and Mr Charles Mbiire were part of the consortium that took over UAC’s inflight catering services without fair competition.

Mr Byaruhanga is currently the Attorney General and Mr Mbiire is a prominent businessman.
However, the probe discovered that the owners of Kenbe Investment later sold 999 shares of their company to Saleh’s Efforte and the remaining share was sold to Must Win Corporation Limited.

Gen Saleh’s company, later in partnership with Global Airlinks Company, owned by now Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa, took over ENHAS.

Kutesa woes
Mr Kutesa, who was the State minister for Finance, Planning and Investment at the time, in his earlier address to Parliament in December 1998 denied any wrongdoing.

“I am both chairman of ENHAS and also a minister of State for Finance. There maybe a feeling that these two positions may constitute or would probably constitute a conflict of interest,” he said.

“In my own opinion, I have regarded ENHAS as a private limited liability company and I have regarded it so not withstanding that Uganda Airlines was a 50 per cent shareholder, my view was that it was an investment where a company called Uganda Airlines Corporations invested its funds, just like my company invested, and I thought in my view that there would be no conflict of interest because I believe honourable members here still chair companies or are directors in companies but sometimes do business with government,” Mr Kutesa added.

He was later censured in 1999 for abuse of office and influence peddling over the acquisition of the cargo ground handling service.
Mr Jackson Jurua, the former UAC’s commercial manager, said ground handling is “a cash cow of airlines” world over and in Uganda Airline’s case, as losses increased, the airline’s passenger operations were run by money made from ground handling.
“The airline was not generating enough revenues, and without a subsidy from government, it could not survive,” Mr Jurua, who departed UAC in the mid-1990s, recounted.

He also revealed that profitability for the airline’s passenger operations waned further after it stopped long haul flights to Europe and Middle East after its Boeing 707-338c, used for long haul flights, crashed in Rome in 1988.
Ms Musumba told this newspaper that government’s intention to sell the airline had more to do with whitewashing the legacy of former presidents Amin and Obote.


“There was only one option; get rid of Uganda Airlines. They (government) were not serious about the options he [Manzi Tumubweine] said. They just wanted to break down everything and begin a new narrative; to loot, share and flee,” she said.
Mr Tumubweine was by then the State minister for Privatisation.

He recounted to this newspaper that he tried to warn against the sale to South African Airways (SAA) and Alliance Air (AA) on the premise that SAA/AA was taking UAC very cheapily given its many liabilities.

“The question was that UAC was making losses but at that same time, three airlines in the United States were making heavy losses. I tried to make a case for Uganda Airlines and Uganda Commercial Bank (another parastatal which was schemed off through privatisation) but I lost,” Mr Tumubweine said.
He added: “That is when I gave the option of selling it to the South Africans: liquidate it, and kill it off, or recapitalise it.”

In hindsight, after the subsequent events, Mr Tumubweine said “the airline like in our case was not about whether it was making money or not but whether it could make a second tier of other aspects of the economy.”

When 49 per cent shares of UAC were put up for sale to form a strategic equity partnership in March 1998, among those that expressed interest included Sabena Airways, British Airways, South Africa’s Alliance Air, Kenya Airways and Air Mauritius.

All bidders but Kenya Airways were prequalified on grounds that it could not create another regional hub at Entebbe when it already has Nairobi. 
The prequalification stage then hit snag as UAC’s sellers and potential buyers fought over the airline’s route rights.

HSBC Equator Bank, the transactional adviser to government’s Privatisation Unit (PU), contended that UAC could not attract good buyers because the Africa Joint Air Services (AJAS) agreements which it was part of had given its lucrative routes to Alliance Air.

AJAS was the agreement signed in the early 1990s by Uganda, Zambia and Tanzania for operating a joint airline. 
One of the sticky issues was the ownership of route rights. The attorney general advised that the route rights are a property of the State not necessarily the airline.

The House committee, which had been formed to look into ways of furthering the sale of UAC, gave a green light to the Privatisation Unit in the Finance ministry to fast-track the tendering process by April 30, 1999.

The tendering process hit a brick wall after all bidders but the consortium of SAA/AA pulled out. 
This meant that government had to go into direct negotiations with SAA/AA. However, it emerged that the consortium had conducted its own due diligence into the health of UAC and established that some of the information provided by government was false.

SAA/AA also demanded, among others, that for Uganda Airlines to operate successfully, if acquired, government needed to change the designator code (the two-character code assigned by the association of the world’s airlines) to SAA to enable it enjoy a wide range of economies of scale associated with airlines with global alliances.

The other contentious issues were the question of the sale of the 51 per cent shares that government owned in UAC as there was no other interested buyer, and SAA was also not comfortable inheriting some of UAC’s aircrafts like the Boeing 737-500, which had been leased from Australia that SAA/AA slammed as a poorly negotiated deal.

In December 1999, President Museveni met a delegation from SAA/AA in an attempt to iron out some of the sticky issues in the way of the acquisition of UAC.

Some of the terms of the proposed deal were that the rebranded carrier would carry the QU and SA codes designator codes concurrently, and government would retain the chair of the privatised entity –of which SAA/AA would own a 49 per cent stake—for the first year, with a casting vote, while UAC’s many liabilities would be catered for outside the partnership.

Months later in April 2000, SAA backed out of the deal on grounds that the government’s bureaucracy had affected the value of UAC. 
SAA’s executive president William Meaney was quoted at the time as saying that they took the decision after commercial realities in Uganda changed markedly during nearly a year of talks over its investment plans.

Another consortium organised by former employees of UAC superintended by the company’s former general manager, Mr Ben Mutyaba, had months earlier mobilised themselves under FIN Investments Ltd and offered to pool resources to buy the 51 per cent shares but the deal did not materialise.

UAC commenced operations in 1977 following the collapse of the East African Community (EAC) as a result of the acrimonious politics of the time. 
The EAC bloc, then more solid, operated the East African Airways, which had been in existence since 1948 when it was established by the 1947 East Africa Aviation Act enacted by the East African Legislative Assembly as was called then.

The demise of the East African Airways nearly brought travel to a shuddering halt to and out of Uganda, and since a number of airliners such as British Overseas Airways Corporation or British Airways as it is called now, had suspended operations to Entebbe owing to Amin’s disruptive policies. 
Consequently, President Amin decreed establishment of UAC on May 17, 1976. UAC was as a result of a merger of Uganda Aviation Service Limited and Uganda Air Limited, as a wholly owned public company.

This was followed by acquisition of several aircrafts, which included two Boeing 707s, a Lockheed C-130 transport plane and a variety of smaller aircrafts.

The smaller aircrafts were specifically used for flights around the country—from Entebbe to Jinja, Kibimba, Arua, Kasese and others.
Amin did live to see much of UAC’s operations blossom as he was ousted a year and a half later but regardless, it remained a national pride in the succeeding years even through turbulent economic times, until it would up operations in May 2001.
New things usually create excitement, and the revival of Uganda Airlines is such but beyond the hoopla, it remains to be seen whether the ghosts from the past will not return to haunt the revived airline.






The land locked African country of Uganda is waking up to shopping around the world for more aeroplanes:

It has acquired two Airbus A330-800 Neo worth 20 million dollars for both of them:

Uganda acquires two Airbus A330-800Neo worth $20 million as it moves to revive its national carrier.

Uganda has secured two Airbus A330-800Neo worth $20 million as it moves to revive its national carrier, Air Uganda.

Monica Azuba Ntenge, Minister for Works and Transport, revealed on April 8 that the payment—$10 million for each aircraft—was made on April 5, firming up the order, which had been pending since July 2018.



Monica Azuba Ntenge, Uganda's Minister for Works and Transport

M/s Monica Azuba Ntenge, Uganda's Minister for Works and Transport trying hard to buy the aeroplanes.




According to the minister, Uganda had to act fast or risk losing the order and any monies that had been deposited with Airbus, after missing the February 2019 deadline to deposit at least 30 percent of the purchase price.


An Airbus A330-800neo engine

 An Airbus A330-800neo engine


Ms Azuba said the payment too saved Uganda from price escalation and the $0.8 million which it had already paid to Airbus in commitment fees last August, shortly after Uganda Airlines signed a memorandum for the purchase of the smallest variant of the redesigned A330. According to Airbus, the A330-800 – one of two A330neo versions, along with the A330-900 – is a more efficient aircraft that will generate savings through its reduced fuel burn.


Airbus A330-800neo.


Airbus A330-800neo.


The A330-800 typically will seat 257 passengers in three classes of service, while offering capacity for up to 406 travellers in a high-density configuration. The jetliner incorporates the latest-generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, along with multiple aerodynamic improvements.


A330neo Airspace by Airbus. (Runway Girl) A330neo Airspace by Airbus. (Runway Girl)




Ms Azuba added that the Ugandan order is expected to appear in Airbus’ sales figures for April.

Another payment is due in October 2019 and a further one in October 2020, when the first A330 is expected to be handed over. The other one is expected in early 2021.



Airspace by Airbus


Airspace by Airbus


Uganda Airlines plans to use the two aircraft for the second phase of its growth plan, with flights to the United Kingdom and the Far East. Uganda Airlines is scheduled to start commercial services in June and has announced plans to operate 19 intra-African routes in the first phase.



Cabin interior for the Airbus A330-800neo


Cabin interior for the Airbus A330-800neo


Ephraim Bagenda, the interim chief executive, says during this period, the carrier will negotiate interline agreements and code-share with some of the bigger foreign airlines operating into Entebbe, to offer onward lift to transit passengers across its network.


One hopes that initially these international flights will consist of passangers and cargo to be able to run them profitably as Uganda Airlines used to do some years back.






Uganda Airways First plane  arrives next month, March 2019.

February 19, 2019

Written by URN


The Uganda Airlines first Bombardier CRJ-900 (CRJ9) on a test flight at Montreal Mirabel International Airport, Canada Photo by Mark Brandon
The first aircraft for the the revived Uganda Airlines is expected to arrive in the country in a month's time. 
The minister for Works and Transport, Monica Azuba Ntege says that the pilots of the Bombardier CRJ900 jet were sent to Canada for training. Azuba said they are supposed to meet with manufacturers to iron out a few issues and set date when the first jet will be delivered. 


"That was the first flight test and they are still doing more test flights," Azuba said. "It due to come this month or next month. We are having a meeting which will set the date when we will receive it. So anytime within a month, it will be here."


Last year, Uganda ordered for four CRJ900 regional jets as part of the much-anticipated plan for the revival of Uganda Airlines. The revived airline will be the first carrier to operate the new CRJ-series atmosphere cabin in Africa. Atmosphere cabin design allows passengers to carry and store an "oversized" roller bag within the aircraft cabin bins which minimizes the need to check bags at the counter or the gate. 

The airline will operate the CRJ900 in dual-class configuration with 76 economy seats and 12 first class seats. According to the manufacturer, the new model atmosphere cabin sets new standards of passenger experience in the regional jet market segment. Key features of the new interior comprise of larger passenger living space, wheel-first roller bag capability, more spacious lavatory, increased cabin connectivity options, all integrated into a contemporary design and material choices. 

The first Bombardier was supposed to be delivered last month. But there were changes in the programme. The initial plan was that the manufacturer would be delivering a jet per month starting January. This arrangement will be followed after delivery of the first aircraft. 


Here on continent Europe, one sees private airways companies owning and managing 200 Aeroplanes every other day. One is of the hope that these African national airlines will amalgamate to form large scale international economies of transport across the continent with the privilages that go with the African Union. Such an economic unification can fast track air transport development on the African continent in fair competition with the rich foreign airways companies.






Ebikyasoomooza Uganda mu myaka 56 bukya twefuga:

By Samuel Balagadde


Added 10th October 2018


NGA tujaguza emyaka 56 egy’ameefuda, Uganda eyise mu kusoomoozebwa mu bintu bingi wadde nga era waliwo bingi ebituukiddwako.


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Ekitundu ku luguudo lwa Entebbe Express Highway olw’okusasulira.


1 Ebyenjigiriza:

We twogerera kati abantu 70 ku buli 100 basobola okusoma n’okuwandiika kyokka ekibi abasinga obungi ku bano tebalina mirimu gya mu mutwe gisobola kubayimirizaawo.

Amasomero ga nnasale galinnye okuva ku 5,763 mu mwaka gwa 2016 okutuuka ku 6,798 mu mwaka gwa 2017 nga n'obungi bw'abayizi abatandika mu nnassale bulinnya mu kiseera kye kimu okuva ku 477,123 okutuuka 563,913.


N’abayizi mu masomero ga pulayimale beeyongedde obungi okuva ku 8,264,317 mu 2016 okutuuka ku 8,655,924 mu mwaka oguwedde Abayizi abali mu masomero ga siniya nabo beeyongedde obungi okuva ku 1,284,008 mu mwaka gwa 2016 okutuuka ku 1,457,277 omwaka oguwedde ng'abo abali mu nkola ya Bonnabasome eya Universal Secondary Education (USE) baalinnya okuva 912,394 mu mwaka gwa 2016 okutuuka ku 952,539 omwaka oguwedde.

2 Ebyobulamu:

Okutwaliza awamu ebyobulamu kukyali kusoomooza kwa maanyi eri eggwanga, gamba nga mu malwaliro obutabeeramu ddagala, omuwendo gw’abasawo okubeera omutono ennyo bw’ogerageranya n’abantu abeetaaga obuweereza.

Okubalirira okwakolebwa mu mwaka gwa 2014, kwalaga nti mu ggwanga mulimu amalwaliro amanene 147, ate agali ku mutendera gwa Health Centre IV gali 188 nga kino kivaako abantu okutambula ehhendo empanvu, naddala abakyala abazaala, okutuuka awali obujjanjabi.

Wabaddewo okugenda mu maaso okuziyiza endwadde ezitta ennyo naddala abaana abato nga gavumenti eyita mu kugema abaana olukusense, ekifuba ekiraakiira, ekiddukano, wamu n’okugaba obutimba bw’ensiri kyokka nga era obwetaavu bukyali bwa maanyi naddala okubunyisa ebitundu by’eggwanga obutimba bw’ensiri okuziyiza omusujja.

Endwadde ez’amaanyi nga ez’emitima, kookolo, kukyali kusoomooza kwa maanyi mu byobulamu olw’obutaba na byuma bimala mu ggwanga okuzijjanjaba nga kino kiwaliriza abantu okugenda ebweru okujjanjabwa ku nsimbi ennyingi ennyo, bangi ku Bannayuganda ze batasobola kufuna.

Wabula Dr. John Omagino akulira eddwaaliro ly'emitima erya Uganda Heart Institute agamba nti endwadde esizinga ezeekuusa ku mitima basobola okuzijjanjabira wamu mu Uganda ng’omuntu kimwetaagisa okusasula ensimbi wakati wa 5,000/- ne 20,000/- doola za Amerika.

Amalwaliro agalina ebyuma ebikebera omusaayi (Laabu) beeyongedde obungi nga mu mwaka gwa 2014 gaali ebintu 99 ku 100 nga zisobola okukebera endwadde ezisinga okutawaanya Bannayuganda okuli omusujja n’endwadde endala.

Obungi bw'abakyala abafiira mu ssanya bweyongedde okukendeera okuva ku 109 okutuuka ku 53 ku buli bamaama 1,000 okuva mu 2006 okutuuka mu 2016 wadde nga wakyaliwo okusoomoozebwa olw'abaana abafa mu kuzaalibwa abakyala 336 ku buli 100,000 abazaalibwa okusinziira ku kunoonyereza okwakolebwa mu 2016.

Kyokka wakyaliwo okusoomoozebwa kw’abakyala bangi abatafuna bujjanjabi bwetaagisa ng’okubeera ewala n’amalwaliro, eggwanga obutaba na bakugu bamala abakola ku ndwadde z’abakyala, n’abaana abawala abafuna embuto nga tebanneetuuka.

3 Ebyenfuna by’eggwanga:

Okutwalira awamu wakyaliwo ebisoomooza bingi ku byenfuna by’eggwanga naddala ebbula ly’emirimu mu bavubuka, ensimbi ya Uganda okubeera ennaabuufu bw’okigeraageranya n’ez’amawanga ag’ebweru naddala gyet uggya ebikozesebwa.

Ebintu ebisinga bye tukozesa mu ggwanga bikyava bweru, ekiviirako eggwanga okufulumya ensimbi ennyingi ezandikoze ku bintu ebirala ebikulaakulanya eggwanga n’okulongoosa obulamu bw’abantu babeere mu mbeera ennungi.

Kyokka waliwo kaweefube wa gavumenti okwongera ku bintu ebitundibwa ebweru w’eggwanga okugeza ng’emmwaanyi.

Minisita avunaanyizibwa ku byobulimi Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja agamba nti, gavumenti eyagala Uganda ebeere ng’etunda ensawo z’emmwaanyi obukadde 20 mu mwaka gwa 2025 we gunatuukira, nga mu kiseera kino tutunda ensawo obukadde 4.


Kkiromita eziwera 5000 ez’enguudo mu Uganda ze zaakakubwa koolansi okwetooloola eggwanga lyonna ate kkiromita 10,000 ziyiiriddwa malamu.

Kyokka wadde kino kiri kityo, enguudo ezisinga obungi mu ggwanga zikyali mbi nga n’ezikoleddwa za mutindo gwa wansi ezoonooneka amangu olw’abavunaanyizibwa okubba ensimbi ne bakola omulimu ogutali ku mutindo.

Entambula ekyakaluubiriza nnyo abantu olwa gavumenti okuggya enta mu by’ensaabaza y’abantu n’ebirekera abantu n’amakampuni ag’obwannannyini ekivaako buli kiseera okupaaza emiwendo nga bwe baagala.

Kkampuni ezaali eza gavumenti nga UTC, Uganda People’s Transport zaggalwa.

5 Amasannyalaze:

Wadde ng’amabibiro geeyongeddeko, naye wakyaliwo okusoomoozebwa nti emiwendo gy’amasannyalaze gikyali waggulu nnyo. Mu bitundu eby’ebyalo tennatuuka masannyalaze ate nga ne bwe ganaatuukayo, abantu tebalina busobozi bugeetuusaako olw’ebbeeyi ennene kwegali.


Ate sebo toyogede ku Solar asanide okukwatagana namasanyalazze agamabibiro. Gwe ate amasanyalaze ga Solar gatuli kunyindo zaffe. Tegali wala nyo. Buli lunnaku Omusana gutwakira. Ebibira, emigga, okulima ne nkuba bilabika biyimiridde kunsonga eno empya eya technology eze okuyamba enyo ebizibu by'ensi Buganda mpozzi era ne Uganda!






The 6th NRM Parliament of Uganda after the misfortunes of a murderous civil war in the country, decided to sell off Uganda Airlines during 2000: 

Rundown. A Uganda Airlines plane at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. When Uganda Airlines Corporation was to be privatised, there was almost nothing left to be sold apart from three old planes, including a C-130 owned by the Uganda Air Cargo Corporation. FILE PHOTO

By Faustin Mugabe

Sometime in 1999, veteran journalist Charles Onyango-Obbo in his “Ear-to-the ground” column in The Monitor newspaper described Uganda Airlines as a “flying coffin”.
At the time there was public outcry over the airlines as it had been mismanaged. During the privatisation of public enterprises, the Uganda Airline Corporation was not spared. Unfortunately, the privatisation process of the airlines was “fraudulently conducted”.
In August 1999, Parliament of Uganda instituted a special committee to investigate the privatisation exercise in the country. The committee was tasked with looking at specific enterprises that had caused public outcry because of how they were privatised, specifically the Uganda Commercial Bank, Transocean, Uganda Airlines and Entebbe Handling Services (ENHAS). 
On November 2, 1999, under the motion ‘The final report of the select committee on the privatisation process’ chaired by Mr Aisu Omongole, the report was tabled to the Parliament.
Parliament heard that on November 23, 1993, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) had invited inquiries in a public notice. Services listed included aircraft, cargo and passenger handling which were being provided by Uganda Airlines Corporation.
The investigations discovered that while Uganda Airlines Corporation was to be privatised, there was almost nothing to sell apart from three old planes, including a C-130 owned by the Uganda Air Cargo Corporation, both started by former president Idi Amin in the 1970s.
“Most often, members well-placed in the both in this regime [NRM] and other regimes were using this plane. They would use it for their private errands without paying for the plane,” the report said about the C-130 aircraft.
Investigations also discovered that during the privatisation exercise there were disagreements between Uganda Airlines and the directors of Global Airlinks and Efforte, which resulted in the termination of the contract of the Uganda Airlines Corporation board.
After which, the minister of Works, Transport and Communication appointed the managing director of Caleb International to lead Uganda Airlines. Caleb International and Efforte companies were owned by then Maj Gen Caleb Akandwanaho, aka Salim Saleh, President Museveni’s younger brother, while Global Airlinks was owned by minister Sam Kutesa.
“The committee noted that contrary to the PERD [Public Enterprises Reform and Divestiture Act] statute, the minister of Works, Transport and Communication and CAA went ahead and privatised Uganda Airlines Ground Handling asset. The then minister was Kirunda Kivejinja. This was a deliberate breach of the law for which the minister of Works, Housing, Transport and Communications should be answerable. The minister in charge of privatisation [Manzi Tumubweine] was fully aware of this illegality but made no attempt to halt it,” the report reads.

Minister sells Uganda Airlines routes
While Uganda Airlines was on ‘drip’ as government was spending approximately Shs33 million per day to keep it in the air, minister Kirunda Kivejinja sold all the Uganda Airlines routes, the 6th Parliament heard. 
“The committee was disturbed to learn that the minister of Works, Transport and Communication arrogated himself the responsibility of privatising Uganda Airlines routes without consulting the PU [Privatisation Unit], neither did he consult the CAA whose legal mandate is to designate these routes. The committee noted that without routes, ground handling operations or in-fright catering service, Uganda Airlines has been left as a shell and in unattractive to buyers,” the report reads.
The committee wondered how Efforte, a company owned by Gen Salim Saleh, took control of in-flight catering services at Entebbe airport, and later in partnership with Global Airlinks owned by Mr Kutesa took over Uganda Airlines Ground Handling operations.

MPs react to the report
MP for Chwa County in Kitgum District, Livingston Okello Okello, was the first to take to the floor. 
“Mr Speaker, I am not a soldier, but I think some of us are too shocked to carry out any debate now, having heard what is contained in this report. I think we need to recover from the shock of the report before we can start debate tomorrow,” Mr Okello Okello said.
In response Speaker Francis Ayume told the House, “Honourable members, before you say aye or no, we have a lot of work, it isn’t the only report. There are other important reports and Bills which are in the pipeline. I am prepared to give a breather of five minutes.” 
When the House resumed, Dr Steven Malinga, MP for Butebo County in Pallisa District, said: “Mr Speaker, when you look at this report, we cannot help but wonder where this country is going.”
“We are ruining our country, corruption is eating us away and I do not know when we are going to wake up and deal with it. I was in exile and I do not want to go into exile once again. People get so frustrated when they read reports like this and if there is a change, people run to our homes and start killings us and burning down our houses,” he added.
The following day, November 3, 1999, Eddie Kwizera, MP for Bufumbira East in Kisoro District, was the first to take the floor. 
“Here we are, talking about selling Uganda Airlines Corporation, but there is no Uganda Airlines Corporation to the best of my knowledge. We do not have any aircraft and we do not have routes. So what are you going to sell? Why not leave it to crash because you cannot sell the name! If someone wants the name, maybe he can have it. But it is very disappointing that we are going to sell something that is not there.”

Why Uganda airlines was sold
That very afternoon, minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development in-charge of Privatisation, Manzi Tumubweine, addressed MPs. 
“Honourable members will recall the various meetings we held on the divestiture of the Uganda Airlines Corporation. The suggestion to improve the draft agreement for divestiture of 49 per cent of Uganda Airlines to South Africa Airways was very useful,” he explained.
“In the meantime, government is finding it extremely difficult to procure funds for payment of IATA [International Air Transport Association] bills. Today, we still have the August bills which are actually $773,000. 
“IATA has on several occasions extended due dates for payments of these bills and has had to use money for July to deposit with the clearing house to clear those bills. This condition is likely to continue and may result in the airline being suspended from IATA. The result of such a decision would impinge on the performance of the airline, and probably the airline may even collapse.”
Reacting to the minister’s statement, MP Richard Kaijuka of Sheema North in Bushenyi District, said: “What would be the most cost effective option if tomorrow you [government] just liquidated and you did not pay those debts? Liquidate or pursue your ongoing discussion; which is optimal? Have you looked at that option, and could you make a comment on that?”
The minister responded: “There are three options and the first option is to sell to South African Airways. That option means that the government or the system will have to pay approximately Shs16.4 billion in terms of liabilities. The second option is to liquidate. In that option, we shall still need liabilities worth about Shs18 billion. The third option is to re-organise Uganda Airlines, have a new airline altogether and start afresh. The third option would cost us $38.5 million. This was proposed by the Uganda Airlines management.”

The merger that never was
Uganda Airlines and South African Airways merger was meant to redeem Uganda’s national air carrier, but it was never to happen.
On December 16, 1999, minister Tumubweine updated Parliament on the progress on selling of the airlines to South African Airways. 
“Mr Speaker, on Wednesday, December 8, 1999, Hon Kweronda Ruhemba, the Minister in charge of Economic Monitoring, promised this House that I would be coming up with a statement to brief members on the status of the divestiture of the Uganda Airlines when negotiations with the South African Airlines are finalised. I am now able to give you this statement.
“The earlier scheduled signing of the sale and purchase agreements for Uganda Airlines Corporation was postponed to allow for consultation with the relevant stakeholders. The main issues for consultation were in respect of the merger, the use of SA code, the proposed governance structure, specifically the chairman of the Uganda Airlines Limited and interim management before the close of the transaction. The sale and purchase agreement was signed in September 2000 in which Uganda airlines sold 49 per cent to South African Airways.” 
Unfortunately, South African Airways pulled out of the deal. One of the reasons they gave was the “merger with other entities” closure. 
It read: “In view of the small passenger market, Uganda Airlines Limited will merge with South African Airways, Alliance Air and any other airlines in the region to enable them obtain the critical mass to establish a strong, viable and competitive regional Airline. This is a reserved matter where government will be required to give written approval. However, it has been agreed that debts of Alliance Air will not be transferred to the merged entity.”
With South African Airways quitting the merger, it was the equivalent of switching off a generator during a medical operation. Uganda had no option but to sell the three planes – a C-I30, a Boeing 737 and Fokker Friendship – to pay debts. And that is how Amin’s brainchild died.






Munsi Uganda, Mukyala Bobi Wine azirise bw’alabye ku bba nga bweyakubiddwa obubi enyo abamagye ga NRM mu kkomera ly’amagye e Makindye:


18 August, 2018


By Mosse, Bukedde



Barbie yasemberedde bba eyabadde alabika nga munafu nnyo n’ayagala okumugwa mu kifuba. Wano we yatendewaliddwa n’agwa wansi wakati mu maziga. Yabadde ne Eddie Yawe muganda wa Bobi Wine eyamuyoddeyodde okumuggya wansi. Ate olwo Yawe naye n’adda mu maziga.

Bobi Wine nga ataawa mu kkomera lya magye e Makindye

Muka Bobi Wine atunudde ku bba n'azirika!


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Barbie (ku ddyo) ne ssenga we.



Erias Lukwago gwe baagenze naye nga looya wa Bobi Wine yasoose kunyeenya mutwe ate naye n’abeegattako okukulukusa amaziga. Bonna abaagenze okulaba Bobi Wine okuggyako Hajji Meddie Kaggwa ow’ekitongole ky’eddembe ly’obuntu bazze mu kukaaba.

Eggulo ku makya baasimbudde okugenda okulaba Bobi Wine era ku mulyango gw’ekkomera e Makindye baasanzeeyo abantu abalala okuli ababaka ba palamenti abaakulembeddwa akulira oludda oluvuganya Betty Aol.

Kyokka abamagye bakkirizaako abantu batono, abalala ne balindira wabweru. Lukwago oluvannyuma yategeezezza Bukedde nti Bobi Wine baamusanze ali mu bulumi kyokka ng’asobola okwogera empolaampola.

Yabadde awulubadde mu maaso, ng’azimbye emikono era ng’awulira obulumi obw’amaanyi mu mbiriizi, omutwe, amagulu n’obutuuliro. “Atunyumirizza nti baamukuba nnyo. Ekisenge mwe yali kyalumbibwa abamagye nga 15 nga balina emmundu. Ne bakuba oluggi n’aggulawo ne bayingira”, Lukwago bwe yategeezezza ng’annyonnyola ebyamubuuliddwa Bobi Wine.

Lukwago yagambye nti Bobi Wine yeewaayo era teyalwana. Kyokka bo baatandikirawo okumukuba nga bakozesa ebigala by’emmundu, okumusamba buli we basanze. Baamussa mu mmotoka ne bagenda nga bamukuba okutuuka mu nkambi y’amagye e Bondo mu Arua. Bino byaliwo ku Mmande ekiro.

Bwe bwakya ku Lwokubiri ng’ali bubi ne bamutwalira omusawo w’amagye eyamukolako n’asemba bamudduse mangu mu ddwaaliro kubanga embeera yabadde mbi nnyo. Kwe kumussa ku nnyonyi ne bamutwala mu ddwaaliro ly’amagye e Gulu gye baamuggye okumuvunaana mu kkooti y’amagye nayo eyatudde mu nkambi.

Yagguddwaako emisango gy’okusangibwa n’emmundu n’amasasi nga si muserikale. Lukwago yagambye nti Bobi Wine yamutegeezezza nga bwe baamukubye empiso kyokka nga kyabadde tekinnamanyika oba zaabadde za kumukkakkanya bulumi.

Yagambye nti abamagye baasuubizza okutwala Bobi Wine mu ddwaaliro eddene bamukolero Xray n’ebirala. Ajja kuzzibwa mu kkooti y’amagye e Makindye ku Lwokuna olujja nga August 23.

Okugenda e Makindye Barbie yasimbudde ewuwe e Magere kyokka emmotoka n’agireka Kamwokya awali kye bayita ekitebe kya Bobi Wine n’alinnya bodaboda okwanguwa okusisinkana balooya okweyongerayo e Makindye.

Oluvannyuma lw’okugaanibwa okuyingira e Makindye, ababaka nga bali n’akulira oludda oluvuganya mu palamenti baagenze ku kkooti y’amagye e Makindye okuwaayo ekiwandiiko ekisaba okubakkiriza okulaba Bobi Wine.


Banange M7 nebasajja bo abantu ba Africa okuba eno bwobatta lwaki?






The land locked country of Uganda has woken up to the reality of reviving its Airlines company:

18 July, 2018

Written by Observer Media Ltd

Even when the economy is bad, the government of Uganda has put down some money to buy six modern commercial aeroplanes:

It was all the fault of politicians that stopped this infrastructure which is essential to the survival of this country. Uganda is land locked and massively surrounded by inland territories of other African countries. It is a phenomenon that can never be neglected.


Government is in advanced stages of procuring two more aircraft, as efforts to revive Uganda Airlines hit overdrive. 

Earlier on Wednesday, Canadian plane manufacturer, Bombardier announced that it has signed a purchase agreement with Uganda for four CRJ900 aircraft.

The four bombardiers will cost an estimated $190 million (about Shs 711 billion). And, today European company, Airbus in statement, confirmed the signing of memorandum of understanding between itself and Uganda Airlines for the purchase of two A330-800neo aircraft. 

This means the national carrier which is being revived, will have 6 planes. Cabinet early this month concluded discussions on revival of the national carrier. The two A330-800neo aircraft will each feature, according to the statement, three class cabin layout comprising of 20 Business seats, 28 Premium Economy and 213 Economy seats.

The artistic impression of Uganda Airlines' Airbus A330-800neo aircraft

“This agreement demonstrates our ambition for economic growth supported by a robust aviation industry. The A330-800neo combines low operating costs, long range flying capability and high levels of comfort. We are looking forward to launch operations and offer our customers best-in-class service”, said Ephraim Bagenda, CEO of Uganda Airlines.

“We are delighted to welcome Uganda Airlines among our A330neo customers, the A330neo will bring a range of benefits offering unrivalled efficiencies combined with the most modern cabin. We look forward to see the A330-800neo flying in the colours of Uganda”, said Eric Schulz, Airbus chief commercial officer.

Government had set December 2018 as the date for Uganda Airlines to resume operations, but this has been pushed to April 2019. Government needs at least Shs 1.3 trillion to purchase the six aircraft but only Shs 139 billion was budgeted for in 2018/19 financial year. 
Recently, State Minister for Planning, David Bahati said government was looking at acquiring loans from banks including China's Exim bank among other investment possibilities. Revamping Uganda Airlines was top on President Yoweri Museveni's must-do list after 2016 presidential elections.

During the inauguration of the cabinet in October 2016, Museveni directed the line ministry to commence work on the task. Museveni argued that "a national airline would help the country save $420 million per year that Ugandans spend on air travel with foreign owned aircraft. Uganda Airlines started operations in 1977 and wound up in May 2001.


It is high time this government brought out the old crew who did a great job of running the old Uganda Airlines as the country struggled with incessant civil wars that gripped this country. Their example of hard work equals that of the African crew of Ethiopian Airlines.


One is well aware that some of the old crew are old age and need their retirement. But training, advising and sharing experiences and skills in this very competative international business environment is essential for the young African professionals that are going to take on the duty of flying the Airline flag.