Kisoro district council has agreed to turn Kibaya government land into
an Industrial Park. The 500 acres of land
is located in Nyarubuye sub-county and Bunagana town council.
The council’s decision follows a pledge made by President Museveni
in January during the presidential campaigns. Museveni told the leaders to
identify land where the park will be established.
On Monday, Abel Bizimana, District LCV Chairperson told the
councillors during a council meeting that the district executive had identified
the government land.
Bizimana was backed by the District Speaker, Amos Hakizimana who
said that the Industrial park can bring a positive change in Kisoro once it is
Wilson Kazimiri, councillor representing Chahi sub says that since
the park will neighbour the Democratic Republic of Congo- DRC, it will boost
trade between the two countries.
Kazimiri also says that the President should expedite honouring the
pledge because the land is strategically located in an area where there is
access to water, electricity and the roads are in a good state.
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Innocent Irankunda, councillor representing Murora sub-county says
that the presence of the industrial park will create more jobs.
In May this year, President Yoweri Museveni approved the
establishment of 25 industrial parks in all sub-regions in the country. He said
that the parks will be established in Arua and Adjumani in West Nile, Gulu in
Acholi, Lira in Lango, Moroto in Karamoja, Soroti in Teso, Mbale in
Bugisu, Jinja in Busoga; Kabale in Kigezi and Rukungiri in Western;
Mbarara in Ankole, and Hoima in Bunyoro, Mukono, Namanve, Kapeeka in Nakaseke,
and Mengo in Kampala.
At least 15 industrial parks have been established in the last
five years. The parks were set up in Mbale, Kapeeka, Buikwe, Njeru, Namanve,
Jinja, Soroti, Kampala Industrial and Business Park, Luzira Industrial and
Business Park, and Bweyogerere industrial estate.
In October 2019, the government allocated 130 Billion Shillings to
facilitate the establishment of 20 zonal industrial parks across the country.
The funds were under the presidential initiative for wealth creation and local
economic development. According to the project, the parks are supposed to have
mini factories with an aim of skilling all the youth and women at no cost.
The format also requires the setup of industrial cottages which
will be dealing in value-addition basing on what the region produces most.