in Rubirizi District want the government to expeditiously gazette the Vanilla
Ordinance. They argue that the delay by the government to gazette the ordinance is holding back their efforts in mitigating vanilla theft in the area.
Last year, the district council passed a Vanilla Ordinance that was aimed at
regulating the growing and buying of the cash crop. However, it couldn't take effect before being
Isaiah Mulamuzi Rugambwa, Chairperson of Vanilla Farmers Rubirizi district, says there is a need to find a solution to the increasing theft in the district. He explains that as harvest nears traders are secretly opening stores to buy stolen vanilla at
8,000 shillings per kilogram.
He says the traders mobilize young men to steal and attack farmers who are
guarding their gardens.
“mbwenu munuya omu…
…tibakubyama abantu nibetema.”//
He says that
despite the district formulating an ordinance the government should come up
with a law to protect vanilla farming in Uganda. He says thieves have been left
to walk scot-free.
“nitwetaga gavumenti ekore…
…tekakozire amateeka agavanilla.”//
Kabagambe, a Vanilla Farmer in Katerera Sub County says the delay to have the
district vanilla ordinance has escalated vanilla theft and caused
insecurity. He wants the Sub County and
the Village chairpersons to mobilize and formulate a by-law to help fight
“twaheza kwetegyereza ngu…
…kutambura bakore patrol.”//
David Agaba, says that he lost
his vanilla and the suspects are still at large. He wants the government to
gazette the ordinance so that the law comes into effect.
Barigye, Rubirizi District Agriculture Officer, asked the farmers to be patient
since the ordinance has been finalized by the Solicitor General and awaits to