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Kabale Loses Gov't-Built Industrial Park to Better-Endowed Kisoro

Major (rtd) Fred Bwino Kyakulaga, the State Minister for Agriculture in charge of Crop production has revealed to URN reporter that during last week’s cabinet meeting that he personally attended, it was resolved that the fully-fledged industrial park be constructed in Kisoro district.
UIA and Kabale district Officials acessing Kanyinaburiba land in Kyanamira sub county, Kabale district

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Chances of Kabale district benefiting from construction of a properly serviced Industrial park have continued to dwindle after Cabinet decided to give priority to Kisoro, the URN reporter has reliably learnt.   

In August last year, a team from Uganda Investments Authority-UIA led by Evelyn Anite, State Minister of Finance for privatization, David Kwesiga Bahati, State Minister for Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Victoria Businge Rusoke, State minister for Local Government, and Wilfred Niwagaba, Ndorwa East County member of parliament visited a land hosting Kanyinaburiba airstrip in Kanyinaburiba village of Kyanamira Parish in Kyanamira Sub-county, which was earmarked by Kabale district council about three years ago to host the industrial park.    

However, Anite raised doubts after finding out that the land has no title and it is less than 50 acres a mere tenth of the minimum 500 acres recommended by the president.  

Local leaders led by Nelson Nshangabasheija, Kabale District LC5 chairman, Emmanual Sentaro Byamugisha,  Kabale municipality mayor, Bahati, and Niwagaba pleaded with Anite to allow Kabale to get a fully-fledged Industrial park, saying the land crisis is a major problem in Kabale, adding that most residents survive on trade.   

Major (rtd) Fred Bwino  Kyakulaga, the State Minister for Agriculture in charge of Crop production has revealed to URN reporter that during last week’s cabinet meeting that he personally attended, it was resolved that the fully-fledged industrial park be constructed in Kisoro district. 

Kyakulaga says that the cabinet got convinced that Kisoro has more than 620-acre land located in Kibaya, Nyakrubuye sub county at the Uganda-Democratic Republic of Gongo border town council of Bunagana, which is enough and fit in the 500 acres recommended by the government. 

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  Kyakulaga also says that Kisoro was given a priority because products from the industrial park will be easily exported to the neighboring DR Congo markets.  He also says that other opportunities will favor Rukungiri and Kanungu because the cabinet was informed that the two districts also have enough land to host industrial parks.

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  He adds that with the small size of land in Kabale, the cabinet will only come up with a smaller arrangement for it. 

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  Nelson Nshangabasheija, Kabale District LC5 chairman declined to comment on the matter. Abel Biziaman, Kisoro District LC5 Chairman says that they are ready to receive the Industrial park because it will bring a positive change in Kisoro in terms of trade and employment opportunities once.  

In May last year, President Yoweri Museveni approved the establishment of 25 industrial parks in all sub-regions in the country. He said at the time that the parks will be established in Arua and Adjumani in West Nile, Gulu in Acholi, Lira in Lango,  Moroto in Karamoja, Soroti in Teso,  Mbale in Bugisu,  Jinja in Busoga; Kabale in Kigezi and Rukungiri in Western;  Mbarara in  Ankole, and Hoima in Bunyoro, Mukono, Namanve, Kapeeka in Nakaseke and Mengo in Kampala.     

At least 15 industrial parks have been established in the last five years. The parks were set up in Mbale, Kapeeka, Buikwe, Njeru, Namanve, Jinja, Soroti, Kampala Industrial and Business Park, Luzira Industrial and Business Park, and Bweyogerere industrial estate. 

In October 2019, the government allocated 130 Billion Shillings to facilitate the establishment of 20 zonal industrial parks across the country.

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