Abasa Watuwa, the Bubiita Sub-County LC III Chairperson, says the plants ran on generator power for four years, which became unsustainable. He says that they have applied for power from Umeme, which has taken long to come.
A milk cooler
and maize milling plant that were set up by the Local Government Ministry in Bubiita
Sub County in Bududa district under the Community Agriculture Infrastructure Improvement
Program- Project 3-CAIIP-3 are none operational due to lack of power.
plants were set up during the 2007/2008 financial year at Shillings 900
million. Abasa Watuwa, the Bubiita Sub-County LC III Chairperson, says the plants ran on
generator power for four years, which became unsustainable. He says that they have
applied for power from Umeme, which has taken long to come.
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Sam Wanda, a resident of Bubiita Sub County says they expected a lot from the
two plants but they have turned out useless to them. According to Wanda, they
expected to get jobs and improve their economic status, which isn’t the case.
Masaba, another resident and milk seller has asked the sub county authorities
to expedite the installation of power to them from making loses. He says when the sub county tried to operationalize the milk
cooler using a generator; he used to sell his milk at a better price compared
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Cue out...bibindi silinji itsi”//.
Masaba says he one of the people who used to clean the milk
cooler when it was operating but has since lost income because it is non-functional.
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Cue out...khuli khufiila”//.
Apollo Nambale, another resident says that when the two
plants were installed and became operational, farmers used to sell their milk
and grind maize at fair prices. He wants the sub county authorities to inform
them what is required so that they can see what to do.
Gerald Namwokoyi says the two plants only operated for seven
months when they were commissioned. He says he used to offload maize where he
could get money to look after his family but since the maize plant became
non-functional he has nowhere to get money.
Patrick Meru, the Bubiita Sub
county LC V councilor, says they are mobilising investors especially women
groups to team up and utilise the plants to generate revenue for the sub county
and the district at large.