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UPDF Airforce trainers on strike


UPDF airforce instructors at East African Civil Aviation Academy (EACAA) aka Soroti Flying School have gone on strike.

The instructors are protesting over three months unpaid salaries and allowances as more problems manifest.

Soroti Woman MP, Angeline Asege, who tabled a petition in Parliament on Thursday, highlighted the problems at the flying school.

She said eight instructors who had just returned from the US had gone on strike over unpaid salaries and allowances.

In the petition, Asege revealed that UPDF aircrafts fly without insurance, some are grounded because of lack of fuel and others are in poor mechanical conditions.

She said 13 students have also dropped out because of poor teaching conditions.

Out of the 300 students since 2001, only 27 have been passed out as certified pilots; the others are languishing in the school instead of finishing in the mandatory two and half years.

She said nine aircrafts were bought in 2011 under the directive of President Museveni but only one of them was in an operational state.

Soroti Flying School is the only pilot training school in the country.

It was founded in September 1971 under the Directorate of Civil Aviation of the EAC.

When the first EAC collapsed in 1977, the Ugandan government took over the management and maintenance of the school.

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