The Executive director Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre (UWEC), James Musinguzi said the addition of Tigers to the big cat family after decades will help boost tourism both domestically and internationally.
The construction by China Communication Construction Company (CCCC) covers, among others, the construction of a new cargo centre, a new passenger terminal building, strengthening of the airport runways and their associated taxiways. It also involves rehabilitating and reconstructing the three aircraft parking aprons.
Works on the aircraft parking Aprons have not been completed
Patrick Rubongoya, the project manager, says the 24.6 Billion Shillings market is at 99 percent completion rate.
Namuyangu says that the vendors have as a result created trade disorder for other traders, road users among others.
The construction of the market which started in April 2017 is under the Markets and Agriculture Trade Improvement Projects-MATIP-2
Dr Albert Byamugisha, the Board chairman of Uganda National Bureau of Statistics, says that Uganda is best placed to host the bureau since the UBOS office in Entebbe was established in 1946 to collect and disseminate statistics for the East Africa Protectorate under the British colonial government.
Before the closure, the airport handled a total of 1.9 million passengers in 2019, an average of 160,000 passengers a month. But now agents and airline officials are doubtful that the numbers could even hit 50,000 by end of this month.
For instance, on October 2nd, 2020, health workers blocked 45 passengers from boarding a flight to the United Arab Emirates. The travelers presented expired COVID19 test certificates that were issued before September 28th, 2020.
Sserubidde says working in partnership with Uganda Civil Aviation Authority-UCAA and the Works Ministry, they launched an Airport Taxi App to stop drivers from fighting for passengers at the entrance terminal.
Of which, 20 operators work in the day shift and 30 during night time.
Several passengers say that getting a valid negative PCR test certificate within the stipulated time before a flight is a hurdle. According to the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority-UCAA, all returning and departing passengers must have tested negative for COVID-19 at least 72 hours before traveling.
Uganda Civil Aviation Authority-UCAA has commenced the refurbishment of the external public toilet facility, days after a passenger complained about them being in an appalling state.
The passenger recorded a video that went viral over the weekend, indicating that the facility was poorly lit and in a deplorable state. He noted that the facility was not befitting of an international airport, and that users could also contract infections.
Njuki says that such passengers, whose flights depart or land during curfew time, are exempted from the restrictions. He adds that security agencies have been briefed to allow passengers who will move to and from Entebbe Airport during the curfew. However, he adds, all passengers must present their passports and air tickets whenever they are stopped.
According to new guidelines issued by the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority-UCAA, each airline, apart from Uganda Airlines will operate only one flight daily in the first phase of the reopening, covering the months of October to December 2020. The national airline will operate two flights a day to Nairobi, four times to Juba and Dar-es-salaam and thrice to Mogadishu.
While announcing the re-opening of Entebbe International airport, President Yoweri Museveni announced said that all returning passengers must have tested negative for COVID-19 at least 72 hours before travelling to Uganda.
By the time the contractor left the site two weeks ago, pending works included setting up a waste decontaminating unit, remodelling of the former Tuberculosis ward into a multipurpose unit, plastering, installing washroom facilities and finishing the ceiling and floor works.
He explains that Synergy Enterprises Ltd was incompetent because it was not liquid enough to run the project without public funds.
The Uganda Civil Authority-UCAA says Entebbe International Airport will be reopened for scheduled commercial passenger flights on October 1st, 2020. However, the flights are restricted to only Ugandans returning home and tourists leaving or coming into the country.
The Indian community has been donating food and non- food items to the centre that made losses of about shillings 2 billion when it was closed. The centre was closed for 5 month due to COVID-9 concerns.