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Lango Cultural Institution Fails to Reposses Defunct Lira Spinning Mill

The proposal for repossessing the spinning mill was presented to President Yoweri Museveni, during the first Lango International Socio-Economic Conference held at UTC-Lira in 2012, paving way for years of negotiations.

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Plans by Lango Cultural Institution to take over management of the defunct Lira Spinning Mill have hit a snag.

The proposal for repossessing the spinning mill was presented to President Yoweri Museveni, during the first Lango International Socio-Economic Conference held at UTC-Lira in 2012, paving way for years of negotiations.

In response, the government asked the cultural institution to justify their financial capability to rehabilitate and manage the defunct Institution. But seven years later, they are yet to take charge of the mill.

Dr Richard Nam, the Prime Minister of Lango Cultural Institution says that no achievement has so far been made in regards to their proposal. He adds that they have continued to remind President Museveni about the proposal in vain. 

But their failure has also been attributed to the leadership dispute between Yosamu Odur and Dr Eng. Michael Okune.

Philips Ogile, the Deputy Press Secretary under Dr Okune's administration says that there is a need to first promote and boost cotton growing and production before the planned takeover of the Spinning Mill.

Ogile says a new strategy to revive cotton production through the network of Twale (lower Clan chiefs in Sub County) has been adopted by the council of Owitong. Under this, clan chiefs are required to mobilize their individual members to grow cotton as a cash crop.

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Ogile said once cotton growing and production is booming then they can start engaging the government to revive the factory.

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Similarly, Dokolo South County MP Felix Okot Ogong says reviving Lira Spinning Mill in its current state as a Cotton based factory is irrelevant due to low cotton production. Okot said even if Lira Spinning Mill is revived, its functionality cannot be sustained.

Trade and Investment Minister, Amelia Kyambade says that the proposed to revive the Mill is yet to be considered by the government.

In 2004, the government sold off Lira Spinning Mill to Jinda International Textile Corporation at USD 300,000.  But attempts by the Chinese investors to revive production at the factory failed reducing it to a warehouse. JITCO also abandoned the factory in 2011 after they failed to pay back a USD 2.4 million loan acquired from Barclays bank.

Presently, Lira Spinning Mill is under the management of Barclays Bank and it is used by the Rwenzori Cotton Limited as a warehouse.  

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