Residents of Walukuba-Masese Division in Jinja Municipality have rejected
the proposed construction of a greenhouse at Walukuba Health Center IV.
greenhouse is a structure with walls and roof made essentially of transparent
material, such as glass, in which plants requiring regulated climatic
conditions are grown.
mainly vegetables and flowers are grown under this arrangement that requires
The greenhouse is an initiative of Jinja Municipality, where flowers
to beautify Jinja town will be grown.
Groundbreaking for the 16.1 million shillings greenhouse was held on Saturday
However, residents later stormed the health centre, vandalized the
temporary store and stole construction materials.
They say that, due to the increased population in the area, the municipal authorities
should improve the health infrastructure other than introducing new projects on
the health centre land.
Dorothy Nyakecho, a resident of Masese I village says that their area has
experienced numerous cases of land grabbing orchestrated by the municipal technical staff. She
says that they can’t allow the authorities to construct a greenhouse at the end
of the health facility might result in the same.
//cue in: “batugamba…
Ashiraf Kabuye, a resident of Zabef village says that Jinja municipal council
used to own a greenhouse but the land on which it was constructed was sold off to real estate
Kabuye argues that, if the same people managed to sell off the land why should
they want to construct another on the health centre land.
//cue in “wiki ewoile…
Ambrose Ocheing, the Jinja municipality town clerk contends that they decided on the hospital land because it was not being utilized. He however says that it was wrong for the leaders not to consult the residents about the project.
Ochieng adds that they had already allocated funds for the greenhouse and if
not utilized on time, Jinja risks missing out on the project.