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Kabale to get first airstrip
Publish Date: Feb 04, 2010
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THE Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has approved the construction of the first airstrip in Kabale district, write Darious Magara and Ben Mugisha.

The Batuma Memorial Airstrip will be constructed in memory of the late Canon Dr. John Sedrack Batuma.

It is located on the part of the land occupied by a dairy farm that was owned by the canon.

Eng. Ivan Mbabazi Batuma, one of the sons of Batuma, explained that the airstrip was named after his late father because of the development projects he initiated in the area.

“We have named it Batuma Memorial Airstrip in memory of the development projects canon initiated.

He was a great businessman and dairy farmer,” Mbabazi said in an interview last week.

Mbabazi, the proprietor of Voice of Kigezi Radio, also runs a string of businesses in western Uganda.

He said the airstrip would boost the business community by easing transport boost tourism and trade if completed.

Mbabazi said although the airstrip is a family business, it had a blessing of prominent government officials. He declined to mention them and how much it would cost.

“It is an expensive project which will cost us millions of shillings but we have started levelling and clearing the ground as part of the construction works,” Mbabazi said.

He said they had put aside a 1.5m land for the runway. The airstrip site is located in Rubanda county, about 5Km from Kabale town on the Kabale-Kisoro highway.

Batuma passed away in 2008 due to a heart failure aged 84. He owned one of the leading Friesian dairy farms in the region.

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