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Milk Cooler, Maize Milling Plant Non Functional Due to Lack of Power

Abasa Watuwa, the Bubiita Sub-County LC III Chairperson, says the plants ran on generator power for four years, which became unsustainable. He says that they have applied for power from Umeme, which has taken long to come.
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A milk cooler and maize milling plant that were set up by the Local Government Ministry in Bubiita Sub County in Bududa district under the Community Agriculture Infrastructure Improvement Program- Project 3-CAIIP-3 are none operational due to lack of power.

The two plants were set up during the 2007/2008 financial year at Shillings 900 million. Abasa Watuwa, the Bubiita Sub-County LC III Chairperson, says the plants ran on generator power for four years, which became unsustainable. He says that they have applied for power from Umeme, which has taken long to come.

Lumasaba bite    

//Cue in: "Govumenti khusima yekhuwa…   

Cue out: ...khuba ketsomo taa,”//

Sam Wanda, a resident of Bubiita Sub County says they expected a lot from the two plants but they have turned out useless to them. According to Wanda, they expected to get jobs and improve their economic status, which isn’t the case.

Bernard Masaba, another resident and milk seller has asked the sub county authorities to expedite the installation of power to them from making loses. He says when the sub county tried to operationalize the milk cooler using a generator; he used to sell his milk at a better price compared to today.  

Lumasaba bite     

//Cue in “Shishuma eshi…  

Cue out...bibindi silinji itsi”//.      

Masaba says he one of the people who used to clean the milk cooler when it was operating but has since lost income because it is non-functional. 

Lumasaba bite  

//Cue in “se shishuma ishi….    

Cue out...khuli khufiila”//.    

Apollo Nambale, another resident says that when the two plants were installed and became operational, farmers used to sell their milk and grind maize at fair prices. He wants the sub county authorities to inform them what is required so that they can see what to do. 

Gerald Namwokoyi says the two plants only operated for seven months when they were commissioned. He says he used to offload maize where he could get money to look after his family but since the maize plant became non-functional he has nowhere to get money.

Patrick Meru, the Bubiita Sub county LC V councilor, says they are mobilising investors especially women groups to team up and utilise the plants to generate revenue for the sub county and the district at large.   

English bite   

//Cue in “We are mobilizing…    

Cue out...this Machinery operational”//. 

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