In a meeting held at State House Entebbe on October 16, 2023, President Museveni met with Mr. Mariusz Lwanski, the Chairman of Prometheus, a Polish company interested in manufacturing drones in Uganda. The delegation also included Ambassador Rosa Malango, Chairperson of Tumaini African Knowledge Centre (TAKC), and Mr. Alex Szkaradek, the Director of Prometheus.
Mr. Lwanski expressed his company’s interest in establishing a manufacturing hub for modern technology systems, including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or drones), which can be used for various purposes, including security, monitoring, forest inspections, critical infrastructure assessment, search and rescue operations, fire services, fishing, and agriculture. He mentioned their aspiration to position Uganda as a regional and continental hub for advanced technology equipment production.
President Museveni extended a warm welcome to the investor and pledged his support for the proposed plan.
However, it is worth noting that Prometheus, a company founded in 2019, does not possess a substantial track record in drone manufacturing. The rationale behind their interest in building a UAV factory in Uganda, especially given their lack of prior UAV exports from Poland, remains unclear.
Prometheus’ flagship project, the H2 Prometheus UAV Hybrid Drone Platform, is reported to be under development at their facility in Warsaw, Poland. The company’s website does not provide specific details about recent partnerships.
Prometheus states its mission as creating high-quality drone solutions for professional applications in fields like security and asset inspection, without specifying its previous achievements or client base.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have gained popularity due to their diverse applications, such as remote sensing, monitoring, medical supply deliveries, and more. These systems typically consist of an aircraft, a remote pilot station, a command-and-control link, and specialized payload equipment for the intended operation.
In Uganda, the operation of drones is subject to regulation by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) under statutory instruments 2020 No.23, known as “the Civil Aviation Authority (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems) Regulations, 2020.” Anyone intending to operate a drone in Uganda must first register with the CAA. Additionally, drone use, whether for recreational or commercial purposes, must comply with the Uganda Communications Commission’s radio frequency spectrum usage requirements to prevent interference with licensed radio communication systems.
The meeting at State House Entebbe was attended by key officials, including Gen. Wilson Mbasu Mbadi, the Chief of Defense Forces (CDF), and TAKC Board Member Ms. Rose Birungi.