Pilot loses his way, flies speaker Kadaga to Mubende
Written by Lindah Nduwumwami on March 2, 2020
A pilot who was in charge of a chattered helicopter for the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga took the wrong route, ending up in a completely different destination than he should have landed. The pilot identified as Mupaapa Isma was supposed to fly the speaker to Kazo District in Western Uganda. Kadaga was an invited guest at the thanksgiving ceremony of Molly Kamukama, the former Principal Private Secretary of President Museveni and now State Minister for Economic Monitoring. However, the pilot somehow found his way landing in Mubende District in Central Region, and later rerouting for Kazo, making the speaker’s arrival to the function an hour late. Kadaga who has been using choppers from the army and police used the chance to call out the government to provide a chopper specifically for parliament to avoid such issues. “I voiced out the need to purchase a chopper, which will help MPs execute their oversight role expeditiously. My call was in light of us having had to charter a privately-owned helicopter. Unfortunately, the pilot lost his way and we ended up in Mubende; hence arriving late, in Kazo,” she said. “The army and police choppers are currently deployed in northeastern Uganda to spray locusts,” she added. This is not the first time Kadaga is having ‘trouble’ with choppers. In July 2012, the speaker became a target for criticism when a UPDF chopper she was in landed in the middle of Legends Rugby pitch during an international game between Rugby Cranes and Namibia. This delayed the game by over 33 minutes, as fans, and players at once looked on in a mixture of confusion and excitement while Kadaga disembarked the chopper in a yellow gomesi. It was later revealed that the speaker’s intention was not to land at Legends but rather across the road at Kyadondo Rugby grounds.