Kasese Leaders Want Mubuku Scheme OC Transferred

They accused the in charge of Mubuku Irrigation Scheme, Lawrence Tibesigwa of failure to perform his duties.
09 Mar 2019 13:31

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Kasese district leaders want the Officer in Charge of Mubuku Irrigation Scheme transferred to another work station. 

They accused the in charge of Mubuku Irrigation Scheme, Lawrence Tibesigwa of failure to perform his duties.


This is contained in a reported before the District Council by the John Businge, the chairperson of Kasese District Production Committee report. 

While presenting the report, Businge argued that Tibesigwa has failed to superintend over Abassajja Kweyamba Co-operative Society, which manages Mubuku Irrigation Scheme on behalf of Kasese District Local Government.

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The report also blames the co-operative society for failing to retrieve the extractor that has been stuck in River Mubuku for close to a year. 

The excavator registration number UG 1885S got stuck in River Mubuku after the scheme hired it to Save the Children to desilt River Mubuku as part of measures to combat flooding in Karusandara sub county. 

The district engineering department made attempts last year to retrieve the machine but suspended the efforts due to flooding of the same river. 

But Businge argues that it is the responsibility of the Officer in Charge of the scheme to ensure safe custody of equipment. 

He also accuses Tibesigwa of generally failing to execute his mandate by superintending over a series of irregularities in the scheme. 

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The district council approved the committee recommendations. Kasese District Chairman, Geoffrey Sibendire Bigogo, says the scheme has for long been mismanaged and the council resolution comes at an appropriate time. 

Bigogo says the district will with immediate effect recommend to the line ministry to change of the official. 

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Tibesigwa says the council is misinformed about his roles as OC of the scheme. Tibesigwa argues that much as he's the chief advisor to ensure quality assurance within the scheme, the day to day implementation is done by the cooperative society. 

He says he is equally disturbed by the goings on in the scheme particularly the planting of the eucalyptus. URN has seen a letter Tibesigwa wrote to the Ministry of Agriculture to rein in on farmers misusing the scheme by planting trees. There are at least four acres of eucalyptus trees in the scheme. 

Tibesigwa also said he has also noted that some farmers were complaining about not being paid. He revealed that he has written to Abasaija Kweyamba about the same who told him that they have equally not been paid by the people to whom they supplied the produce.

Tibesigwa implored Kasese District Local Government to seek information from him before any such decision is taken.