As the long awaited second phase of the Uganda- Rwanda peace talks scheduled kicked off today in Munyonyo, former health minister Mike Mukula has called upon the two countries to bury the hatchet and get along.
Mukula made this appeal while speaking at the 8th graduation ceremony of his own Uganda Aviation Academy that was held at Protea hotel in Kampala.
He said the yearlong feud between the two countries was not only an impediment to East African Community (EAC) targets but also the cross border trade.
As such, he expressed delight at today’s meeting but added that this time round, the hatchet must be buried once and for all.
“That matter should be settled and put behind us so that there is common trade between Uganda-Rwanda and open markets, and air transport unions so that this creates an opportunity for the region,” he appealed.
Speaking earlier, Mukula who doubles as National Resistance Movement (NRM) Eastern region vice chairperson had emphasized the idea of a regional airline.
Mukula stated that if all African countries marshalled their efforts through trade, the continent would be a great force in time to come. He pointed at China which he said was economically strong due to the strength of its robust domestic market.
However, Mukula stated if Africa accelerates inter-state trade this gap shall be history in thirty years’ time owing to its growing population.
“Today we are about 1.2billion people and by the year 2050 the African continent will have a total population of over 2.4 billion people as projected,” he elaborated.
“And we must nurture this future by building the right professionals and this can only be done in where the future is and that is the aviation industry,” Mukula added.
This he said was the reason his own Uganda Aviation Academy (UAA) had moved to establish a partnership with Ethiopian Airlines.
A total of 69 students graduated with diploma’s and certificates in Airline Cabin Crew Training, Airline Customer and Aviation Security Awareness among other disciplines.