Produce farmers and traders in Kayunga district
are protesting the ban on the free movement of trucks in the district, saying
it is affecting the transportation of their produce.
Recently, the Kayunga District
COVID-19 Task Force Chaired by the Residential District Commissioner Margret
Kikomeko Mwanamoiza restricted the movement of foreign trucks in the district
as part of the Covid19 prevention measures. The task force designated Kaligita Primary School playground in Kangulumira Sub County as a collection centre for
produce, where it would be picked by the truckers.
50 trucks from Kenya, DR Congo and South Sudan would ply several areas in Kayunga
collecting fresh produce including pawpaws, pineapples, tomatoes and maize
At the moment, James Magunda, a farmer from Bbaale Sub County,
says he is unable to transport pineapples on Bodaboda to the produce
collection centre. He says
that he requires about Shillings 30, 000 to transport pineapples worth
Shillings 50, 000 using a Bodaboda to Kangulumira Sub County from Bbaale,
which is about 70 kilometres away.
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Cue out…kukiriza kubeerawo”//
Solomon Muzaana, another trader notes in some areas where
roads are flooded, they need to offload the produce and across and load again
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Musa Otieno, a truck driver notes that parking
at the designated area wouldn’t be bad but it takes them many days to collect
the required produce yet it is perishable.
John Lukooto, the Kayunga District Police
Commander, says they have learnt of a plot by some farmers and traders to
strike, saying they won’t hesitate to arrest those involved.
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Mwanamoiza appeals to the traders and farmers to remain calm,
saying this is a temporary arrangement that is for their protection from
Tom Sserwanga, the Kayunga District Chairperson has offered to provide the road
equipment to rehabilitate the road from Kaligita to Jinja and to Gayaza road.