Rukiga district is up arms over the management of Rukiga maize milling plant.
The maize plant is found in
Kangondo in Mparo Town council in Rukiga district along Rushebeya-Kabale road.
It was established by government under the Community
Agriculture Infrastructure Improvement Programme-CAIIP to promote value
addition and boost agriculture before Rukiga district was operationalized.
Rukiga district authorities accuse Kabale of omitting the
maize plant from the list of items they passed over when the district started operating.
The officials say they were surprised recently seeing the
Rukiga County Member of Parliament, Hebert Kabafunzaki milling maize at the plant,
which he packed and transported on trucks to unknown location.
are querying where Kabafunzaki got authority to
take over the plant and the motive of Kabale district for not handing over
the maize mill to Rukiga district.
Alexander Kampikaho, the Rukiga District LC 5 Chairman, says
he has personally seen Kabafunzaki supervising workers at the mill.
to Kampikaho, the district is losing Shillings 1.5 million each month because
of the illegal use of the plant.
He suspects connivance between the legislator and Kabale
district officials to use the plant illegally.
Kampikaho says his office will
liaise with the Chief Administrative Officer to ensure that Kabafunzaki stops
using the plant since he didn’t get it using the right procedure.
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Gastone Muhereza alias Bucundura, the LC V councilor Kashambya
Sub county, says Kabafunzaki shouldn’t have been the one utilizing the plant
without the knowledge of Rukiga district authorities.
He says the MP should have
championed Rukiga district’s struggle to take control of the mill from Kabale
Muhereza who doubles as Rukiga District Production and
Marketing Secretary, faults technocrats for failing to follow up the matter and
ensure the maize plant is officially recorded as a district asset.
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Sadress Zinabweine, the Rwamucucu Sub county female councilor,
says they have failed to realize the purpose of installing the maize mill,
which was meant to boost household incomes.
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Patrick Besigye Keihwa, the Kabale District LC 5 Chairman
insists all the assets including the maize milling plant at Kangondo were
handed over to Rukiga the day it was curved out of Kabale in July 2017.
Keihwa says he lacks jurisdiction on any asset in Rukiga,
adding that no person there should involve Kabale officials in their confusion.
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Hebert Kabafunzaki, the Rukiga County Member Of Parliament has
since denied using the maize mill.
He accuses Kampikaho of blowing matters out
of proportion to gain fame among his electorate since he has declared interest
in his seat.
Our reporter visited Kangondo and found the plant operating
but was turned away by those operating it.