The Deputy speaker of Parliament Hon Anita Among has come out to ask the public and MPs to remain calm as the Committee on Commissions and Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (COSASE) investigates the uncertainties surrounding Entebbe International Airport.
“The Entebbe International Airport issue is a matter being handled by COSASE and I advise the honourable Members of Parliament and the entire public to allow the process to be completed so that we don’t debate in anticipation,” Hon Among said.
She has also further asked the legislators not to be swayed and confused by the baseless social media claims that paint a picture that the airport has been taken by the Chinese as well as it’s name already being changed.
“I advise members not to be swayed by unsubstantiated social media claims. Someone yesterday told me that the airport had been renamed and I sent someone there only to realise that it wasn’t true.
Mid last week, social media was awash with claims that the airport had been surrendered to the Chinese Exim Bank after Uganda failed to pay back a loan worth 200 million dollars with the terms of the loan agreement giving a go ahead to China to take it over.
COSASE chairman and Nakawa West MP Joel Ssenyonyi said that they had quizzed the Finance Minister Matia Kasaija who acknowledged that the loan was bad and it placed the airport in the hands of China.
The government has however reiterated that there is nothing to worry about as it has everything under control.