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Kasese Leaders Ask Gov't to Gazette Vanilla Ordinance

In the past five months, five people have been killed in Kyondo sub-county by thieves as they guarded their vanilla gardens.

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Kasese district leaders want the government to expeditiously gazette the Vanilla Ordinance in order to curb down on the theft of the crop. 

In August, the district launched the Vanilla Quality Ordinance that was aimed at regulating the growing and buying of the cash crop.

However, it couldn't take effect before being gazetted.

According to the ordinance, any person who contravenes it is liable on conviction, to a fine not exceeding two currency points or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding six months or both.

Kyondo Sub County Chairperson Juvenal Muke says the delay by the government to gazette the ordinance is holding back their efforts in mitigating vanilla theft in the area. Kyondo is a leading sub-county for vanilla growth and production in the district.

Kyondo and the district have been grappling with how to contain vanilla theft which has put the lives of vanilla farmers at risk.

In the past five months, five people have been killed in the sub-county by thieves as they guarded their vanilla gardens.

On the other hand, those who are also suspected vanilla thieves have not been spared either. About three of them have been killed by an angry mob after they were nabbed stealing the lucrative crop.

Justus Kidemba, a vanilla farmer in Lhuhwahwa II village of Kisinga sub-county says there is need to find a solution to the increasing theft in the district.

Muke wants the government to gazette the ordinance so that the law comes into effect. 

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Recently, while unveiling the district investment plan to the chief coordinator Operation Wealth Creation Gen. Salim Saleh, Kasese District Planner, Alex Masereka appealed to central government to formulate a national vanilla policy to contain some of the challenges in the vanilla industry.

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