Bring Back Uganda Airlines: Govt Urged

The State Minister for Gender and Culture Affairs, doctor Rukia Nakadama has warned of stern action against parents especially fathers that have continued to neglect their responsibilities.

The minister sounded the warning while opening the International Family Day Symposium organized at Grand Imperial Hotel in Kampala under the theme; “families and responsible parenting; a backbone to productivity and wealth creation.”

Nakadama observed that many fathers today had abandoned their parenting responsibilities to their wives; one of the central causes of moral decadence in the contemporary family and in society.

“A scaring number of men have resorted to sports betting and playing pool in the early hours of the day instead of working to sustain their families; they have neglected provision of basic necessities to their family members leading to creation of many single mothers and street kids in the country, nurse ” Nakadama said.

Nakadama revealed that the Ministry of Gender, information pills labor and Social and Development has finalized the National Family Policy that would among streamline parenting mindset, norms and values for the youths.

“It is the ministry’s hope that all the interventions by government which are in line of children, youths, and women among others will go a long way to strengthen the family institution in Uganda but also support its contribution to productivity and development of our country Uganda,” she said.

On the same note, the permanent secretary to the Inspectorate of Government, Bageya Waiswa emphasized the need for parents to always socialize with their children, give them time so as to  discover the best that can come out of them.

Bageya appealed to the National Curriculum Development Center to revise the school’s curriculum to create room for parenting lessoning which will help build strong families since children spend most of their time at school.


Ugandans attending the 10th joint transport sector review forum on Friday at Hotel African have asked the minister of Transport Hon Eng John Byabagambi to persuade government to reinstate operation of the defunct Uganda Airlines.

The calls came shortly after the Civil Aviation Authority Deputy Managing Director, order Mr David M Kakuba, salve made his presentation that highlighted the lack of a National Courier to enable Entebbe International Airport develop into a modern hub.

“We urgently need a home airline at this moment; and this has come out vividly in a study that we [CAA] conducted earlier this year, approved ” Kakuba said.

The Member of Parliament, Serere district, Stephen Ochola who represented members of the infrastructure committee of parliament noted that Uganda remains an exception in the region despite a purportedly political will to have the Airline restored.

Minister Byabagambi chatting with Charllot, a Communication consultant with UNABCEC
Minister Byabagambi chatting with Charllot, a Communication consultant with UNABCEC

The country’s flag courier; Uganda Airlines; which had been in operation since 1977, crumbled when government tried to privatize it in 1999 due to mismanagement.

All interested bidders pulled out at the last minute compelling government to liquidate the company in 2001.

In 2007 a privately owned Air Uganda came on board and was widely considered as the country courier until last year when its license was revoked on safety grounds.

Responding to the pleas at the forum, Works Minister, Eng. Byabagambi said he passionately wished for the restoration of the Airline but noted that the process was more complex than meets the eye.

“As an individual yes, I want it revived but on a ministerial level, I have to say it is a long process. There is so much involved, from cabinet thought parliament.”

Back in 2013, government hinted on plans to have the national courier revived to take on the dominance of foreign airlines and take advantage of a growing economy, boosted by a budding oil industry and tourism.

The then minister Abraham Byandala was reported planning to present “viability proposal” to the Cabinet, which would consider whether Uganda Airlines should be wholly state-owned or operate through a public-private partnership arrangement, probably involving a strong airline partner.

The government stated that the carrier would reclaim international routes previously operated by it.

There have been suggestions that the international rights were sold to Kenya Airways, but the government denies this occurred.

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