Minister Kasaija assures Kanungu leaders of infrastructure support

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KANUNGU– The Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development Hon Matia Kasaija reiterated government’s commitment to improve the road infrastructure that can spur income generation among the rural communities.

Minister Kasaija made the remarks on Friday while touring several developmental projects in Kanungu districts that included tea farms, poultry farms, Tea factories under construction and Bwindi Impenetrable national park  buffer zone.

The Minister was accompanied by Kinkizi East Member of Parliament Hon Dr Chris Baryomunsi who is also the Minister for ICT and National Guidance, Kinkizi West MP Hon James Ruggi Kaberuka, Hon Patience Nkunda and Hon Joy Wako.

He was received in the District by the LC 5 Chairman Sam Arinaitwe Kajojo, RDC Shafique Ssekandi and CAO Robert Abenaitwe among others.

The Minister visited Bwanja Farm that specialises in poultry breeding, Makiro Parish Tea Estate, two newly constructed Tea Factories in Mpungu sub County, Kinkizi Development Company Tea Factory and Kayonza Growers Tea Factory.

Kinkizi West MP Kaberuka was at hand to explain some issues to visiting Minister Kasaija

During the visit to the factories, the management at both factories decried the high cost of production due to rampant electricity load shedding which has forced them to use generators which makes it expensive.

They also raised the issue of poorly maintained roads which hinders collection of fresh tea leaves from farmers and as a result they have slashed the price which has not been welcomed by the farmers.

At Bwanja Mixed Farm, the Director, Sam Kajojo also the District boss took the Minister through the Poultry farming

The Minister said that he appreciated what was being done in Kanungu and pledged support to ensure that the infrastructure especially roads are  worked on ensure that farmers get ready market for their produce in order to increase their livelihoods.

 Minister of ICT and National Guidance Hon Dr Chris Baryomunsi thanked the Minister of Finance for accepting to visit Kanungu District to acquaint himself with the situation so that he can use his office to ensure that the issues are handled at national level. 

At some point Minister Kasaija did not hesitate to jump out from his Executive Car to walk the talk as he toured the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park buffer zone

Kinkizi West Member of Parliament who spoke on behalf of the rest of the Members of Parliament said that Kanungu District will not remain the same since the Minister of Finance himself has seen what needs to be worked upon.

The District Chairman Sam Arinaitwe Kajojo told the Minister of Finance that Kanungu District has earmarked 127 kms of buffer zone between the communities and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where they plan to plant 80 million tea seedlings aimed at stablising the conflict between the people and wildlife in the next 3 years.

Minister Kasaija exchange pleasantries with Businessman James Musinguzi Garuga

Minister Kasaija said that he had taken note of all the concerns raised by the  district leadership and thanked them for speaking in unison to ensure that the peoples’ welfare is improved.

The Minister’s visit in Kanungu continues tomorrow with visits to selected coffee farmers and their factories, the ongoing construction of Kanungu – Rukungiri road, Ishasha Border Post and Kambuga Hospital before departing back to Kampala.