As works to expand Entebbe International Airport get in motion, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has commissioned 42 modern housing units to accommodate the Entebbe airport aviation police.
The modern units were constructed at Kigungu village, which lies about one kilometre north of the airport, to pave way for the expansion works.
According to CAA officials, the project cost approximately sh8b and has taken 9 months to complete, with the police officers expected to move in soon.
"These houses can only be occupied by the aviation police working at the airport, because they remain the property of CAA, and we do not want our security personnel to be poorly looked after," said John Kagoro, the director of airports and aviation security.
This was on the side-lines of the commissioning and tour of the 42 units, with members of the press on Tuesday evening.
Kagoro said the current police quarters will be pulled down after officers have shifted to the new premises, and the ground excavated for "earthworks fillers" at the ongoing terminal expansion site.
The new project is estimated to cost $200m (sh722b), borrowed from Exim Bank of China, to work on the relocation and expansion of the cargo terminal, construction of new passenger terminal building and modernizing and improving existing passenger terminal building.
According to Kagoro, the Aviation police was created in 1990s in conformity to internationally recommended practices on civil aviation security by the Chicago Convention of 1944.
"Clearly, we can't do without the aviation police; however, we are in the process of expanding the airport. Therefore, the police had to be moved to pave way for the earthworks and construction with in the airport," Kagoro said.
According to Kagoro, the first phase of the project involves the expansion of the airport's main runway, construction of runway-end safety area at both ends, construction of two exit taxiways, one rapid exit taxiway and a take-off bay.
The project will also cater for expansion of the helicopter apron, vehicle access control road to the airport and pavement of perimeter road, he explained.