Steven Katwire, the Senior Agricultural Engineer in the Ministry of Agriculture says that the money has been allocated in response to a request by the district authorities who sought support towards repairing some of the community access roads in the area that are in bad shape.
For quite some time, farmers in the cattle corridor have been reporting a prevalence of ticks that do not respond to the available acaricides. But Sembabule District Production and Marketing Officer Dr Emmanuel Kalungi Kawooya explains that the resistance is largely due to inappropriate application of Acaricides by farmers.
Samuel Wamala Kuwatanya, the Mawogola County Representative to Buganda Lukiiko, says the area has received an influx of moneylenders locally known as Kafuna. According to Wamala, the money lenders have taken advantage of the financial crisis in the area owing to the livestock quarantine to lend money to residents.
During the meeting, Rwamirama instructed the total enforcement of the quarantine for two weeks to allow for a comprehensive vaccination exercise against the FMD in the area, after which an assessment would be conducted for possible opening of all livestock markets.
Since Tuesday, the Sembabule district Police Commander Denis Musinguzi deployed antiriot personnel in Lwemiyaga where they have been engaging herdsmen in running battles to foil their attempts of taking livestock to market places, which were eventually also closed down.
Daniel Kintu, the Manager Sembabule Savings and Credit Cooperative Society-SACCO which operates in Sembabule Town council, says they found themselves in a dilemma since a big number of their members are subscribers in multiple Saccos in the area.
Patrick Ssendyowa, the chairperson of Mateete Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative Union says that the existing gap of extension services is directly contributing to very low and poor farm yields, which frustrates the aspirations of commercial agriculture. But Ssendyowa adds that despite the high demand for extension services, the area is poorly served.
Henry Baguma, the Sembabule Resident District Commissioner confirms that Muhumuza was arrested together the District CIID officer Geoffrey Nimanya, with whom they had connived to frustrate local investigations into the matter.
Taala Yamawogola Savings and Credit Cooperative Society Sacco, with offices in Mateete and Sembabule town councils respectively, went bankrupt and closed shop after managers allegedly stole members savings amounting to 860 million shillings.
Five quack medical workers have been arrested in Ssembabule district in an operation conducted by Ssembabule district health officials and police. The group was arrested in an operation conducted to crack down on quacks, those unlicensed and those operating in dirty places by Allied Health Professional Council officials.
Recently, the Sembabule district Muslim assembly that directs affiliates to the Old Kampala based Uganda Muslim Supreme Council leased out the land to a private investor at a cost of Ugx 100 million. The land was offered to Rwenzwengye farm enterprises on a 10 year lease.
The land is at the center of a dispute between Karen Kayonga, a local investor and more than 2500 squatters. In April this year, issued an eviction notice to the squatters to vacate the land to pave way for the establishment of her cattle ranch.
The wrangle is about a 4.5 square-mile piece of land located in Bigaaga village. The land covers part Bigo Byamugenyi cultural site in Ntusi Sub County. It is at the centre of a dispute between Kerren Kayonga, a local investor and more than 2500 squatters occupying it.
Tension is high in Ssembabule following the theft of shillings 600 million for the prosperity for all program from Taala Ya Mawogola Micro Finance. The money was allegedly stolen on Tuesday last week by Ibrahim Were, the manager of the Microfinance who is at large
Over 80 traders in Ssembabule Town council are threatening to close their shops and quit business next week citing high taxes. They held a crisis meeting over the weekend at Cresto Center in Ssembabule and resolved to reject the tax rates.