JUNK: The New shs 30b police chopper that former IGP Kayihura procured had been grounded for over 15 years before being refurbished and sold to Uganda.
The ‘new’ chopper that was due to be launched by the Deputy Inspector General of Police Brig Sabiiti Muzeeyi on Thursday failed to fly. This happened at Kajjansi airfield.
The chopper assembled in Italy is said to have developed mechanical, forcing organizers to cancel the colorful function abruptly.
The two engine helicopters reportedly cost government of Uganda Ugx. 88 billion and the procurement process began in 2015 while that of the fixed wing aircraft began in 2017.
The fixed wing aircraft cost Ugx. 30.3 billion. The two helicopters including the GrandNew and a W-3A Sokół as well as the fixed wing aircraft were assembled by PZL-Świdnik, an AgustaWestland company in Italy.
According to the Observer, government has paid Ugx. 86 billion of the required Ugx 110.3 billion for the aircraft deal leaving a balance of Ugx. 24 billion. The aircrafts will be used for law enforcement, surveillance, rescue missions and transporting police bosses as well as other senior government officials.
The money for procurement of the choppers was approved by parliament in the current financial year and this project has been on since 2016. It was an idea proposed by former IGP -Gen Kale Kayihura.