UK Gov’t Donates Explosives Training Kits to Entebbe Airport

UK High Commissioner exchanges papers during the hand over of IED kits to CAA boss Ramah Makuza

The United Kingdom (UK), cost and in a bid to improve Uganda’s preparedness against terrorism especially in the aviation industry, sick donated Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) training Kits to the Civil Aviation Authority.

The IEDs that were donated to Uganda

The IEDs that were donated to Uganda

They included ‘dummy devices’ that mirror recent threats against aviation around the world, including bombs concealed by passengers in their belongings.

The British high commissioner to Uganda, Alison Blackburne, on Monday handed over an assortment of IED Kits to the State Minister for Transport, Stephen Chebrot, at a ceremony that was held at the Protea Hotel Entebbe.

Speaking during the handover ceremony, Blackburne said, “Aviation security is another vital element in protecting all our citizens from acts of terrorism. Security is a priority for us all, so I am delighted that the UK Government continues to work closely with UCAA, in order to further strengthen the existing aviation security regime in Uganda.”

The British High commissioner, who also opened a five day UK Security supervisors training course that concluded on Friday revealed that the IED Kits have been made by the UK military experts especially with aviation in mind.

“The IED Kits will assist to broaden aviation security detection capability at Entebbe Airport. In addition to the equipment the UK Government will offer various levels of aviation security training courses to CAA on; Explosive trace detection machines, X-ray screening, physical search of baggage and people, aviation security supervisors skills and on the job mentoring at Entebbe Airport for local inspectors,” she stressed.

On his part Minister Chebrot urged all stakeholders operating at Entebbe International Airport to continuously identify the gaps in security to counter terrorist threats.

He applauded the UK government for providing the IED equipments.

“This is a timely intervention and I would like to urge all stakeholders operating at Entebbe Airport to always be vigilant and identify security gaps in order to provide the safest air travel to passengers,” he said

CAA Executive Director, Ramah Makuza appealed to all users of the Airport to be security conscious and always report any suspicious person or item to the police and other security agencies.

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