The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has asked Ugandans in the diaspora to stop the habit of criticizing everything Ugandan while abroad including the Uganda Airlines.
Speaking at the 31st UNAA Convention and Trade Expo in Chicago, Illinois, Kadaga said instead of critiquing, Ugandans in the diaspora can invest back home for better returns.
“We recently launched Uganda Airlines but don’t join those criticizing the airline. We need your support to market it. The aviation sector is an example of the great opportunities that Ugandans living abroad can invest in,” Kadaga said on Saturday.
She advised Ugandan living in the diaspora to grab numerous investment opportunities back home and take advantage of the same other than critiquing everything being done.
“We need support from you and we can be able to get market here. You should grab numerous investment opportunities back home by investing in the revamped national airline.”
The revival of the Uganda Airline has been received with mixed feelings by Ugandans with many turning to social media to critique the national carrier but according to aviation experts, the efforts by government to revive the national carrier should be supported by everyone.
Speaking at the function of the Uganda Airline’s inaugural flight, President Museveni in a speech given by Rugunda said the national carrier will earn government an extra $450 million that was in the past going to other airlines.
“Each year, Ugandans were donating $450 million to other countries through foreign travels and this is a lot of money,” Museveni said in his speech delivered by Rugunda.
“There has never been a better time to resume commercial flights than now when the number of passengers is increasing every day.
The national carrier collapsed 20 years ago but government three years ago kick-started the process of its revival but many have been skeptical about the viability of the project.
The Uganda National Airlines Company will operate four CRJ900 Bombardier jetliners in dual-class configuration with 76 economy seats and 12 first-class seats.
The new CRJ-series atmosphere cabin owned by Uganda is the first to be owned by an airline in Africa.
The Uganda Airlines commercial flights that begun on Wednesday will always be flying to Nairobi, Dar Es Salaam, and Mogadishu.
Other destinations including Kilimanjaro, Juba and Mombasa will be added later.
According to the Works Minister, other destinations including Khartoum, Kinshasa, Kigali, Lubumbashi, Harare, Lusaka, Addis Ababa, Zanzibar and Johannesburg will be added after the arrival of the other two CRJ-900s aircraft set to arrive in September.