By Noah Jagwe
Civil Aviation Authority management (CAA) has today Wednesday donated sh10m towards to the reconstruction of Kasubi Tombs, a national heritage site that was gutted by fire three years ago.
David Mpango Kakuba, the CAA deputy Managing Director, said CAA considers tourism promotion as a major boost to the development of air transport in Uganda.
Kakuba said while handing over the dummy cheque to Buganda Katikkiro, Charles Peter Mayega, at Bulange Mengo that they deem it prudent to support any initiatives geared towards enhancing Uganda’s potential to earn foreign currency through tourism.
He said as a tourism attraction the tombs contribute towards passenger traffic through Entebbe International Airport.
“We appreciate the importance of Kasubi Tombs to Uganda’s tourism endowment and are also cognisant of the fact that tourism and aviation are “cousins,”Kakuba said.
Katikkiro Mayega described the gesture as gratifying for the CAA to realise the overall importance of Kasubi tombs in national development and the aviation sector.
“I thank the management of CAA for this generous offer,”Mayega noted.
On the other hand, Mayega said plans to establish an aerodrome at Lubiri Palace should be done within the confines of the norms and traditions that befit Buganda kingdom.
“We need to be mindful of our heritage however much we would want development,” Mayega added.
He reassured that the kingdom will not consider any other project proposals before the completion of the reconstruction of the tombs.
Mayega called for more support for the remaining kingdom projects. He said there is still a deficit of over sh6bn out of the sh10bn required for all the projects like rehabilitation of Lubiri perimeter wall, muzibuazalampanga among others.
CAA said they will continue negotiations on a proposal to the Buganda Kingdom to construct the aerodrome to benefit both parties.
Kakuba said constructing aerodrome is the only way to quicken air transport from various places within and around the country.