The farmers note that, unlike the bureaucratic system of selling sugarcane, which involves powerful middlemen to procure sale permits at the expense of smallholder farmers, cocoa exporters directly purchase the fruits from the farmers, hence enabling them to individually negotiate for competitive prices.
Abasa Waiswa, a resident of Bumanha A village, in Bukanga sub-county, in Luuka District says that his 15-year-old daughter was allegedly defiled by her teacher Michael Bakaki, but the suspect was released on police bond a day later.
According to Mukaya, he was repairing a motorcycle for his client in a garage in Kiyunga trading center when protests broke out following the arrest of the National Unity Platform-NUP Presidential candidate, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu during his campaign rally at Saza grounds.
In September, Finance Minister, Matia Kasaijja, alongside other leaders and sugarcane farmers within Busoga sub-region held a joint meeting where they revealed that the government was committed to constructing a Shillings 135 billion sugar plant in Luuka district to take up the surplus cane.
UMEME’s corporate affairs and regulatory director, Blessing Nshaho says that, much as they have partnered with agencies to ensure that, most of the trading centres have access to power, electric wires are being vandalized, which has since slowed down connections.
“Those very officials escorted us to the bank and after withdrawing the money, they immediately wanted us to give them a kick back which we earlier declined," says a member of the beneficiary groups who reported the officials to the police. "After a week, I agreed to pay them 150,000 Shillings, but they kept on harassing me as they demanded for more money.”
The deceased's estranged wife, Faith Namatende, says that she parted ways with Lubogo because of endless violence. "We were embroiled in domestic-related violence. I resolved to abandon my matrimonial home early this year, but, I never imagined that Lubogo was capable of doing such a thing," she said.
The Luuka district health officer, Christopher Wandira says that the maternity ward and laboratory will remain operational, however, members of the public have been advised to seek medical services from the lower health center IIs or Kiyunga health center IV.
Luuka is one of the largest sugarcane growing districts in Busoga sub-region with 80% of the population either directly or indirectly involved in sugarcane industry, 15% deal in coffee whereas the rest are small scale holder farmers dealing in food crops.