The Manager in charge Second Licensing, Frank Mugisha confirmed the latest development saying a company shortlisted for biding was allowed to add a joint venture partner at the Request for Qualification (RfQ) stage.
One of the farmers called John Lokol URN that the management of Koge Company Limited, based in Soroti, convinced farmers in the area to give them their produce to add value on it but since then the company has failed to pay them their money.
In a statement issued on Friday and signed by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education Alex Kakooza, all the planned reporting back and breaking off should be suspended until the President’s address on June 6, which will give guidance on the way forward for the sector.
According to the residents, they have resorted to sleeping outside as others do night patrols within their villages, aiming to arrest the thugs and protect their animals as the only way to curtail cases of rampant thefts in the area.
The Diploma students under government sponsorship were to pay Shillings 1.47 million from Shillings 1.27 million while private sponsored students to pay Shillings 2.5million from Shillings 2.077million.
According to Charles Ebayu Ocen, the chairperson of Kumam Cultural Heritage, the Kumam elders started seeking recognition in 1989 under the leadership of Mzee Joseph Ekemu, the former Kaberamaido County Member of Parliament who also served as Attorney General between 1997/1998 before his arrest over the allegations of corruption.