Uganda Airlines last month made a flight to Dar-es-Salaam with one passenger on board, Nile Post has learnt.
The airline which can not fly until next month is allowed to do mandatory demonstration flights for certification.
While the airline goes about its business, Nile Post has learnt that it chartered a passenger direct to Dar-es-Salaam.
This was revealed by a source within the airline, adding that the person was a close ‘colleague’ of President Museveni.
According to the sources, the flight had technical staff, a few security personnel and this specific person who according to an order, was to be delivered to Dar-Es-Salaam.
During Museveni’s visit to Tanzania recently, a video clip from Citizen TV showed President Magufuli thanking Museveni for helping charter someone special to Tanzania.
“President Museveni has helped us a lot as Tanzania, most recently he treated our sick mother in Kampala and also put her on Uganda Airline from Kampala to Dar-es-Salaam direct,” Magufuli said.
Nile Post can not confirm which of the people was on the plane, however, we can reliably confirm that indeed, there was a flight in July as ordered by the President.
Earlier, President Museveni had been attending to Mama Nyerere who had come for the Martyrs day celebrations in Uganda but fell ill while here.
Nile Post also understands that Museveni’s trip to Tanzania this month was to visit President Magufuli’s sick mother. Thus, it is not clear which of the two mothers was on the Uganda Airline, but the airline made the trip, according to sources.
In 2016, the Government promised to revive Uganda Airlines. Todate, the structural and system arrangements are being set up. The key post holders were recruited and offices for Uganda Airlines acquired. Two CRJ 900 aircraft for regional flights were procured and delivered to Uganda on 23rd April 2019. An additional two CRJ 900 aircraft shall be delivered in September 2019. Two more aircraft (A330 neo) for long haul flights will be delivered by the close of 2020.