The ruling National Resistance (NRM) party national vice chairperson, eastern region Captain Mike Mukula has denied allegations of endangering President Yoweri Museveni’s life during political campaigns ahead of the February 2016 elections.
While appearing before Parliament’s Committee on Commissions, State Agencies and Statutory Enterprises on Thursday, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Director Regulations, Samuel Muneza said the helicopter procured by Mukula for Museveni’s use during the just concluded elections campaigns was junk, not airworthy and it endangered the life of the President.
However, Mukula said the allegations were superfluous and meant to ruin his name.
“I want to state clearly and I want the people of Uganda to know that this helicopter; made in USA, was first registered in Kenya in 2012,” he added.
The aircraft was cleared by CAA on November 13, 2015, to fly in Uganda for a period of one month. However, no documents show the helicopter had been cleared thereafter to operate in Uganda.
But Geo Air Ltd in a letter to CAA director 0f safety security and economic regulations dated November 24, 2015, said: “Geo was contracted by a Ugandan registered company (Sun Air Ltd) -which is owned by Mukula- for a period of less than six months to offer VIP transport to NRM campaigns. It proved impossible to apply for a Uganda air service licence in time to carry out our contractual obligations. Efforts to include regional coverage and clearance on our air service licence are being engaged expeditiously.”