Leaders and residents of Kasese District have requested the government to elevate Kasese airfield to an international airport. According to the Kasese Municipality Assistant Town Clerk, Mr Seleverio Mukobi, failure to upgrade the airport is hindering the speedy growth of the municipality.

Residents have requested the district chairman, Lt. Col. Dura Mawa, to present the matter to President Museveni when he visits Kasese on February 6 where he will preside over the Terehe Sita celebrations.

“Government should elevate Kasese airfield to an international status. That will attract people from all walks of life to come to the area and set up development ventures,” Mr Mukobi said.

He added that the growth and development of the municipality can only be boosted with the construction of an international airport, industrial park and the central market, three projects that have delayed.

Lt. Col. Dura Mawa said there is need for all the stakeholders to work as a team to advocate the construction of the airport. He said the airport will have strategic, economic, political and security importance to the country.

The district chairman said the construction of the airport would boost tourism and agriculture. “More so, for the security of the country to be strengthened, it needs such a facility, especially here where we neighbour the insecure part of eastern Congo”. Lt. Col. Mawa said.

Lt. Col. Mawa said government needs to be reminded of the promises that have been made to the district time and again concerning the elevating of the airfield to an international airport status.

The over 300 owners of houses and plots in Saluti and Kamulikwizi area which has been earmarked for the international airport have refused to leave the area, claiming that the compensation they received from the Civil Aviation Authority was inadequate.

The leader of the evictees, Mr Gideon Rujumba, recently told the press that they are contesting the eviction because most of the people compensated were paid less money than what they had spent on the development of their plots.

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