November 2015, flamboyant Captain Mike Mukula, who was once president Museveni’s personal pilot, offered an aircraft to help the President during the 2016 presidential campaigns.
“This chopper is the least I could give for Mzee Museveni to easily hunt for every vote, and you are going to see it to the last day the campaigns.” He said. The helicopter, emblazoned with the photograph of president Museveni and painted in the ruling party’s yellow colours, made its debut in Luweero on November 9 2015 the day presidential campaigns officially kicked off.
However, the parliamentary committee on commissions, state agencies and statutory enterprises were shocked when they learnt that the Aircraft captain Mike Mukula offered to president Museveni and the NRM campaign task force, was not up to standard and posed a threat to the president and Ugandans.
The revelation was made by Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Director Regulations, Samuel Muneza while appearing before the committee to answer among others audit queries raised in the 2014/2015 Auditor General’s report.
Muneza added that Mukula had also failed to furnish the authority with documentation pertaining to ownership of his aircraft and the memorandum of understanding he has with Soroti Flying School.
“This company and helicopter could not be granted a 12 month certificate of air worthiness and we quietly shared our concerns with Special Forces Command (SFC). Mukula’s aircraft was dangerous to the president,” Muneeza told the committee.
“You can imagine someone who wants to engage in real serious air transport business bringing in a single engine 4-seater aircraft and he says he is ready to start regional and international business.”
Early this year, there were media reports that quoted the president calling Mike Mukula ‘‘a conman. ‘’ this was after the vice NRM chairman for eastern region lied that the president had sent him as an envoy at the height of Kasese Conflict.
Mukula reportedly went around meeting political traditional and religious in Rwenzori region telling them that president Museveni had sent him to mediate peace.