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UGANDA’S AIR FORCE TO MOVE OUT OF CONGESTED ENTEBBE AIRPORT

By Steven Candia

KAMPALA, Feb 24- The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) will begin transferring its air force wing to Nakasongola district in the central region of the country fro next month after President Yoweri Museveni had earlier expressed unease with the air force being located in Entebbe because of the congested air space there.

Speaking on Friday during the passing out parade of 23 air force men and women at the air force headquarters in Entebbe, the President had expressed delight on learning that the air wing of the UPDF would be finally moving out of Entebbe which is also the main commercial airport of the country.

The Chief of Defence Forces, Gen Edward Katumba Wamala, had said that the wing would move and the presdient said: “I am happy to hear that now you are planning to move the air base to Nakasongola.

“A lion stays in the wilderness, not in town. If you see a lion staying in town, that means it is in a zoo. It is only proper that you move to Nakasongola.”

President Musaveni said the move to shift the air wing had been decided by a number of factors, among them the need to avert accidents, like military crafts colliding with passenger planes.

The Nakasongola air base was built in the 1970s by then president Iddi Amin, as the headquarters of the air force and has since undergone a major facelift.

Source: NEW VISION

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