Kasese district leaders want the Officer in Charge of Mubuku Irrigation Scheme transferred to
another work station.
the in charge of Mubuku
Irrigation Scheme, Lawrence Tibesigwa of failure to perform his duties.
contained in a reported before the District Council by the John Businge, the
chairperson of Kasese District Production Committee report.
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
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
But Businge argues that it is the responsibility of the
Officer in Charge of the scheme to ensure safe custody of equipment.
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.
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.