Godfrey Nyakahuma, Kabale Resident District Commissioner told our reporter that the smuggling of cattle has persisted due to the silent benefit of local leaders at the border. Nyakahuma discloses that security investigations have established that local leaders earn 50,000 Shillings for each cow they cleared.
The hotel had been granted a payment of 3 Billion shillings in October last year as a stimulus package after its operations were hit by an outbreak of COVID-19 and subsequent lockdowns that paralysed the hospitality industry. According to UDC, a government entity that promotes industrial and economic development, the funds were approved after a request from Nile Hotel, the holder of the hotel on behalf of the government.
She said it is essential for all coffee farmers to join cooperatives and market their produce collectively.
According to Wambi, because of the failure by farmers to join cooperatives, they have been cheated by middle men and that they lack the bargaining power and they are not in position to lobby for better markets.
According to the promoters, the cancelled music festivals and concerts have not only affected the people in the industry but also allied businesses like the media, foods and beverages and transport, which greatly rely on entertainment. Having concerts during the Christmas holiday will help them in mitigate the effects of the lockdown on their livelihood.