Two senior cabinet ministers had their hearts in their mouths on Friday evening after a helicopter they had chartered crash-landed soon after take off in Kabale district in western Uganda.
Government chief whip Ruth Nankabirwa and state minister for Planning, David Bahati and Rukiga Woman MP, Caroline Kamusiime Muhwezi were aboard the helicopter registration number 5X-KEG.
They were headed to Rukiga district to attend a belated International Women's Day event celebrations at St, Barnabas secondary school Karujanga in Katuna town council, Kabale district. Nankabirwa was the guest of honour at the function.
Alex Rukundo, an eyewitness says that the helicopter flew for about 300 meters off the ground and suddenly lost balance. Rukundo says that it started to suddenly lose height as it quickly descended back on the ground. In the process, it destroyed electricity wires.
He says that the pilot struggled with the helicopter until it made an emergency landing. Immediately, all who were on board jumped out unhurt.
The helicopter belongs to Kampala Executive Aviation and was being piloted by two South African pilots, Chris Dewit assisted by Rowen Mcharry. The incident occurred at about 6:30 pm at Kabale golf course on Makanga hill, Kabale municipality.
After the incident Nankabirwa and Bahati cancelled the journey and went to White Horse Inn hotel.
MUSEVENI OWNS MONEY, POWER
Addressing the residents of Kabale, Nankabirwa said President Museveni has lots of money, power and other resources and hence cannot be dislodged from power by anyone.
Nankabirwa says no other person in the country wields as much power or has 'other resources' like President Museveni, the only capable leader pushing Uganda to the promised land.
She mocked the opposition for their wasting time in futility last year to oppose the amendment of the Constitution to lift the presidential age limits.
In December last year, 317 MPs voted in favour to lift the presidential age limits, a move many a commentator viewed as removing the last legal hurdle for President Museveni to seek for reelection.
During the same amendment, the MPs also extended their term of office and that of the presidency from five to seven years.
The amendment has since been challenged in the Constitutional court and hearing of the case started today at Mbale High court.