The parliamentary committee on commissions, statutory authorities and state enterprises (COSASE) has issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the leadership of Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) to provide a comprehensive report on the power blackout that hit Entebbe International Airport a week ago.
The committee also demanded a clear plan from the Authority on the measures put in place to address such technical challenges to avoid future reoccurrences and other related issues.
The committee chaired by Joel Ssenyonyi is currently interfacing with the UCAA top management over a litany of audit queries including mismanagement of the Entebbe International Airport upgrading and expansion project leading to unnecessary delays in completion.
However, during the course of the engagement, the MPs questioned the team over a major power outage that reportedly disrupted the landing and departure of flights last Tuesday.
Ayubu Sooma, the Director Airport and Aviation Security attributed the power blackout to the effects of the heavy downpour on an underground cable that links to the airport lighting system.
He told the members that the ground lighting system went off which resulted in a disruption of the lighting system.
Uganda’s only international airport at Entebbe suffered a major power outage on Tuesday night, disrupting operations and delaying landing and departing flights.
Initial reports indicate that some departing flights were delayed for almost an hour as the runway was shrouded in darkness, while Uganda Airlines remained in the skies for close to one hour. The reports further indicate that the operations in the airport were greatly affected as a result of the blackout.
UCAA spokesman Vianney Luggya last week, while confirming the power failure and resulting flight delays, said that the incident did not affect internal communication.
The legislators were concerned that the incident would taint the image of the airport and the airline transport.
Ssenyonyi directed the committee to come up with a report on the lighting challenge within two days and the way forward.