Uganda’s Parliament has given its approval to the Civil Aviation Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2024 paving the way for the chief investigator to spearhead investigations involving aircraft registered in Uganda or those operated by Ugandan entities.
This move brings the country’s aviation authority in line with the Convention on International Civil Aviation.
The ratified amendments, totaling eight, empower a chief investigator to commence investigations into aircraft accidents or serious incidents. This applies to incidents occurring in Uganda or any contracting state that does not intend to conduct an investigation.
It is designed to align with the standards and practices for aviation security set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
The legislation protects investigation records while ensuring the regular release of relevant information for evidentiary purposes.
The Bill, which was passed on Thursday, enables the CAA to acknowledge agreements with third-party states that comply with Article 83 Bis of the Chicago Convention.
The newly passed law will now be sent to President Yoweri Museveni for his approval.