38Bn Approved for Uganda Air Cargo
Parliament has approved 38 billion shillings for the recapitalization of the Uganda Air Cargo.
The Uganda Air Cargo founded in 1994 is a company limited by liability and wholly owned by the Government under the supervision and management of the Ministry of Defense. It is established under the Uganda Air Cargo Corporation Act of the laws of Uganda and categorized under state enterprises.
Its objective is to offer Air Cargo Transport services, Air Charter services and a Travel bureau among others.
Doreen Amule, the Chairperson Defense and Veteran Affairs committee at Parliament noted that Uganda Air cargo is a strategic investment that should be supported because it provides business for the government.
She was on Wednesday presenting the report of the Defense committee on the Ministerial Policy Statement of Defense.
She says if Government does not invest in Air Cargo, other countries will continue taking up the business that could have otherwise been an opportunity for Uganda.
In 2014, Uganda Air Cargo was grounded alongside other Airlines following a safety audit by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Ever since then, the Air cargo has not been fully operational with unscheduled flights happening once in a while.
Uganda Air Cargo has four Aircraft, two C-130 from the United States of America, and two Y-12 aircraft from China purchased in July 2008.
According to the Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) Spokesperson Richard Karemire, the Uganda Air Cargo has been used for peace support operations in the regions, some critical rescue missions, and in several cases, it has been chartered by Agencies.
The gesture by Parliament comes just a day after two bombardier aircraft arrived in the country.