The 15.8 billion Shillings structure, financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB) under the Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement Programme Project-2 (MATIP-2) was commissioned by President Yoweri Museveni on December 5, last year.
Lugazi is one of the eight municipalities which were selected to benefit from the additional funding for the implementation of the second phase of the World Bank-supported project. The others are Kitgum, Kamuli, Mubende, Kasese, Busia, Ntungamo and Apac.
Tom Waisswa, the Najjembe Sub County Male Councilor for Elderly people, says about 200 other elderly people who were selling produce to the vendors are also stuck at home. He says the current working situation isn’t unfavorable for them.
The members have been depositing between 10,000 and 20,000 Shillings a fortnight. According to the Sacco leadership, they had collected up to 40 million Shillings in member’s savings prior to the lockdown. He, however, says the money has now reduced to19 million Shillings .
Muhamad Katimbo, a resident from Bugungu LC I notes that they complained to Umeme about the destruction of their property but to date nothing has been done. According to Katimbo, they will not allow the power company to transmit power through their area for breaching the agreement they had with them.
About 30 former employees of Paramuko Steel Factory and Yogi Steels Limited, both located in Njeru municipality, accuse the officer of rejecting their compensation bid, even with evidence that they sustained permanent injuries in the line of duty.
Buikwe district is among the leading cultivators of the crop, one of the world’s most popular spices and an important ingredient in chocolates, perfumes, dairy products, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. The other areas with large scale production of Vanilla include Bundibugyo, Jinja, Kamuli, Kayunga, Kasese, Luweero, Mukono and Mpigi.
The forest sections of Nagojje in Mukono and Najjembe in Buikwe district are the most affected with a number of truck loads leaving the area each day. Residents around the forest say that often assorted timber is transported out of the forest on trucks without any check by the security officers.
The councillors had earlier in the month passed a resolution calling for an investigation of reports that the procurement officer was taking bribes from contractors and service providers and failing to avail performance reports to the district finance council committee for review.
Yudayah Namayanja, the Head Teacher of Kalagala Muslim Primary School says between 500 to 600 out of 731 registered pupils attend school on a daily basis. She explains that high levels of absenteeism are common among primary six and seven candidates.
The municipal council proposed that sugarcane planting be limited to places near the main roads within the three divisions of the Central, Nyenga and Wakisi. The council also proposed complete abolition of sugar growing in the central division and in the areas next to the trading centres of the two divisions citing under development and insecurity in the area.
Obbo claims that about 40 squatters were evicted without any notice and are out in the cold after their houses and crop gardens were razed down. He says some of the residents had occupied the land for over fifteen years.