KAMPALA, (Xinhua) --
Ugandan and the Democratic
Republic of the Congo (DRC) authorities have agreed to
strengthen liaison mechanisms and share intelligence
information in a bid to defeat the Allied Democratic
Forces (ADF) rebels following their deadly attack on UN
Richard Karemire, Ugandan military spokesperson, told
Xinhua on Tuesday that the Ugandan government and DRC’s
North Kivu officials held a bilateral security meeting
in the western Ugandan district of Mbarara over the
information will help forces to be better prepared to
deter infiltration and possible attacks by the ADF,”
delegation led by Bright Rwamirama, state minister for
defense and veteran affairs, met with DRC’s North Kivu
province regional officials.
attacked the UN peacekeepers in eastern DRC’s North Kivu
province on Dec. 7, killing at least 15 Tanzanian blue
helmets, five DRC soldiers and wounded 53 others.
week called for the operationalization of a regional
military center in the western district of Kasese to
intensify the fight against the ADF.
Regional Military Center of the International Conference
on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) -- was established in
2016 to monitor and gather intelligence on rebel
activities and share it with member states.
ICGLR is a
regional intergovernmental body that comprises 12
countries—Uganda, Angola, Burundi, Central African
Republic, DRC, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Sudan, Kenya,
South Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.
The ADF is
accused of increased killings and massacres of troops
and civilians, rape and abductions over the past three
months in eastern DRC.
Etihad Airways pulls
out of Uganda route
KAMPALA, (Xinhua) --
After only two and a half years of
plying the Abu Dhabi-Entebbe route, Etihad airways has
thrown in the towel.
statement issued on Tuesday, the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
national carrier said the cancellation of the Entebbe
service will start March 25, 2018. Etihad launched its
services between Abu Dhabi and Entebbe in May 2015.
offered options to passengers who had purchased tickets
on/before Dec. 18 for travel on/after March 25, 2018
that included rebooking/rerouting and cancellation
partially or fully unused tickets, re-booking/rerouting
is available on EY and Kenyan Airways (via the Jomo
Kenyatta International Airport, code named NBO),” the
change fee as well as fare differences arising from the
rerouting/re-booking is waived for this one instance
only,” it added.
announcement comes on the heels of a reduction in flight
frequency on the Johannesburg-Entebbe route by South
African Airways (SAA) recently.
September, SAA reduced the frequency of flights on the
route from seven to six effective Sept. 29.
Biriggwa, SAA’s Uganda country manager, described the
frequency reduction as normal in the aviation industry
but said this is in most cases driven by demand for the
British Airways opted out of the London-Entebbe route
over economic unviability of the route.
increasing number of passengers arriving at the Entebbe
International Airport, airlines’ profitability margins
have come under increasing pressure as several other
international airlines have flocked to the country,
according to experts.