President Yoweri Museveni has vowed to get time and express his displeasure with the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau over his country’s refusal to provide funding for the reestablishment of the Uganda Airlines.
Museveni said on Tuesday that he had not had an opportunity to speak directly to the Canadian leader recently to call him out on the matter.
“I have not met my young friend Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada; Corona has not allowed us to meet,” Museveni said while officiating at the delivery of the first one of the two Airbus A330Neo aircraft to the national career.
“But when I meet him I will tell him that I don’t like bad manners.”
Museveni was speaking in reference to the 2018 decision by the Canadian government agency to halt the funding for Uganda Airlines four Bombardier CRJ900s.
The Export Development Canada (EDC), which had initially committed to provide credit for the purchase, suddenly pulled out of the deal citing “commercial reasons.”
The Canadian export credit agency had promised to provide up to $108 million to the Ugandan career, but later wrote to Kampala announcing they were pulling out.
Reports suggested at the time that the decision was informed among others by Uganda’s human rights record.
Speaking today while receiving the AirbusA330, which now brings to five the size of the national carrier fleet, Museveni revealed that government and the EDC had even completed all the paper work when they backed out of the deal.
“So I told our people, those fellows can go to hell. We shall pay for the aircraft ourselves, cash. We paid for the CRJs and now we have paid for these ones (Airbus),” he said.
“Uganda is not part of that group which will dance to the tune of this one and that one because were not too lazy to work. They can do that with people who are too lazy to work.”
Speaking at the function at Entebbe International Airport, Works and Transport Gen Katumba Wamala described the new aircraft as a “game changer” in the country’s aviation industry.
Katumba revealed that the two wide-body aircraft will be placed on routes to the United Kingdom, UAE, India and China.
“Building this airline has not been simple; the road has had many challenges but as government we are determined to ensure that the airline is successful and doesn’t suffer the problems of the previous one. That’s why we started with new aircraft as opposed to the leased and old ones.