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Nkuuhe Undertakes to End Fights at Animal Genetic Resources Centre

Nkuuhe made the observation after it emerged that the institution is tainted by infighting between the administration led by the Executive Director Charles Lagu and senior staff who have spent more than 10-years of service, in the organization.
National Animal Genetics Resources Center ED Charles Lagu

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The Chairperson of the National Animal Genetic Resources Centre and Data Bank Johnson Nkuuhe has observed a need to reconcile rival factions within the institution to ensure growth. 

Nkuuhe observed after it emerged that the institution is tainted by infighting between the administration led by the Executive Director Charles Lagu and senior staff who have spent more than 10-years of service, in the organization.  

Lagu has been dragged to the State House Anti-Corruption Unit led by Lt. Col Edith Nakalema on fraud allegations. Although investigations into the matter are already underway, Lagu believes that he is being witch-hunted and asked that instead of such investigations, a truth and reconciliation team be put in place to ensure that there is harmony within the organization. 

Nkuuhe told Uganda Radio Network on Wednesday afternoon that such bickering has affected the management and administration of the centre and Data Bank established to promote commercial animal breeding activities and to enhance animal Genetic improvement and productivity.

Dr Nkuuhe also observes a need to harmonize staff salaries and renew their contracts for them to ensure that they confidently work to achieve the aspirations of the organization.  

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Nkuuhe’s new board was inaugurated by the Minister of Agriculture on Monday. Other board members include Dr Juliet Sentumbwe, the director of Animal Resources in the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Paul Ssekyewa, who will represent the fish breeders, Herman Sekiwunga of the animal breeders and Dr James Oluka, a representative from the National Agricultural Research Organization. 

The other representatives include Robert Ssenozi, a representative of farmers in the central region, Kabral Kibedi who represents farmers in the eastern region, Ben Anyama representing farmers in the northern region, Loyce Biira Bwambale representing farmers in the western region and Tedd Alako, a representative of the Ministry of Finance.   

Animal Industry State Minister Bright Rwamirama said he would help the organization’s board in settling woes at the institution.  

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