Okello who toured the two forests on Saturday was surprised that people who were approved by NFA to restore the forest as well as promote ecological activities, were instead cutting part of the forests and planting non-indigenous trees such as pine.
The 15.8 billion Shillings structure, financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB) under the Markets and Agricultural Trade Improvement Programme Project-2 (MATIP-2) was commissioned by President Yoweri Museveni on December 5, last year.
Tumukunde was picked up from Royal Paradise Hotel in Njeru municipality where he was meeting his campaign coordinators by Police Officers led by Hilary Mukiza, the Officer in Charge of Njeru Police Station.
Lugazi is one of the eight municipalities which were selected to benefit from the additional funding for the implementation of the second phase of the World Bank-supported project. The others are Kitgum, Kamuli, Mubende, Kasese, Busia, Ntungamo and Apac.
The members have been depositing between 10,000 and 20,000 Shillings a fortnight. According to the Sacco leadership, they had collected up to 40 million Shillings in member’s savings prior to the lockdown. He, however, says the money has now reduced to19 million Shillings .
Muhamad Katimbo, a resident from Bugungu LC I notes that they complained to Umeme about the destruction of their property but to date nothing has been done. According to Katimbo, they will not allow the power company to transmit power through their area for breaching the agreement they had with them.
Buikwe district is among the leading cultivators of the crop, one of the world’s most popular spices and an important ingredient in chocolates, perfumes, dairy products, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. The other areas with large scale production of Vanilla include Bundibugyo, Jinja, Kamuli, Kayunga, Kasese, Luweero, Mukono and Mpigi.
The councillors had earlier in the month passed a resolution calling for an investigation of reports that the procurement officer was taking bribes from contractors and service providers and failing to avail performance reports to the district finance council committee for review.
Yudayah Namayanja, the Head Teacher of Kalagala Muslim Primary School says between 500 to 600 out of 731 registered pupils attend school on a daily basis. She explains that high levels of absenteeism are common among primary six and seven candidates.
The municipal council proposed that sugarcane planting be limited to places near the main roads within the three divisions of the Central, Nyenga and Wakisi. The council also proposed complete abolition of sugar growing in the central division and in the areas next to the trading centres of the two divisions citing under development and insecurity in the area.
The municipal secretary for health and education Flavia Musubika says that the distance covered by students is discouraging a number of them from studies. She notes that walking does not only impact on students’ lives physically but also psychologically.
John Okumu, the Head teacher of Naminya R/C primary attributes the high absenteeism to the poor attitude of parents towards education. He says many of them believe education has nothing to do with a person’s development in today’s Uganda.