Agro-food Processors to Get Special Funding

Six men on remand for allegedly aiding former spymaster Gen David Sejusa’s rebel activities could have a longer spell behind the bars after government on Tuesday challenged their bail application.

Prosecution at General Court Martial led by Major Fredrick Kangwamu asked court to quash the bail application, medical citing several irregularities.

The six last week applied for bail through their lawyers David Mushabe and Eron Kiiza after presenting twelve sureties to court.

State however this afternoon challenged the bail application on grounds that none of six applicants presented a recommendation letter from LC 1 and thus it would be hard for court to prove their real areas of residence.

One of the sureties for the Accused from Mityana Special Forces Barracks failed to bring a letter from his bosses to prove that he was from that Barracks.

Also, most of the sureties presented to court were staying far away from the suspects’ residences and tracing them would be tricky according to the prosecutor.

The state went further and showed concern that the accused being soldiers, each one should have at least presented a surety who is a soldier.

Defense counsel David Mushabe however, advised court not to rely on those statements in denying his clients bail because bail is a constitutional right that has to be enjoyed by every Ugandan with a presumption of innocence.


Recently these six were denied bail in the same court on the grounds that they are energetic men and could jump bail and join General Sejusa who was in exile by then.

Counsel Mushabe argued that Sejusa is now in Kampala which is under clear monitoring by the UPDF and thus it would be hard for the accused to meet him

Court Martial Chairman Major General Elly Karuhanga set Wednesday 11th as the Ruling date for this bail application.
President Yoweri Museveni has warned that the continued fragmentation of land in Uganda, and a country whose economic backbone is agriculture with over 80 percent of the population employed in the sector, viagra will hurt the national economy and increase poverty in the country.

Mr. Museveni made the remarks this week while officiating at the pass out of more than 3,500 cadres from Iganga district who completed a three week cadreship and leadership course.

The Pass out ceremony took place at Namungalwe Trading Centre, Namungalwe Sub-County, Kigulu North Constituency in Iganga district.

He told the people of Iganga that the country risked being led into a lot of poverty if the population doesn’t stop fragmenting agricultural land hence affecting its production potential.

He said that with the increasing population, land may be fragmented to an unbearable level leaving the population with no land for production resulting in food shortage and famine as well as abject poverty.

He advised parents against traditional inheritance methods where children shared their parents’ land and said that children should share what comes out land rather than practically parceling up the land.

The President used the occasion to announce that government has budgeted for the rehabilitation of Iganga-Kaliro road and said that works on the road will start next financial year.

Later, the President addressed a public rally at Najenit Primary School in Kasodo Sub-County, Pallisa district in his new wealth creation campaign.

He told the people of Pallisa that poverty in Uganda and the African continent is largely caused by ignorance since the population has failed to shift from traditional agriculture to modern agriculture as the modern era has new demands that are incompatible with the traditional era.

Mr. Museveni, therefore, urged the people of Pallisa to engage in modern commercial agriculture that is profit oriented. He noted that since land in the district is fragmented, emphasis should be put on intensive farming and promotion of high yielding agricultural produce that can give high returns in a small acreage.

He said that agricultural activities, such as the growing of coffee, fruits, poultry, piggery, zero-grazing and fish farming, should be promoted in the area.
President Yoweri Museveni has said the government of Uganda should support viable, hospital well established scientists who are already undertaking agro- food processing as a business in order to help them generate large-scale income as they strive to become producers of wealth.

The President was Tuesday speaking during a meeting with officials from the Ministry of Finance, hospital Planning and Economic Development and members from the Food Technology Cooperation Society, price who were led by Prof. William Kyamuhangire.

The group consists of different companies that deal in agro-food processing such as meat, mangoes and soya beans, among others.

Some of the food processors are based at the Food Technology Business Incubation Centre at Makerere University.

During the meeting that took place today at State House, Nakasero, President Museveni appointed the Minister of Trade, Industry and Co-operatives, Mrs. Amelia Kyambadde, as the overall coordinator for the Food Technology Cooperative Society.

He emphasized that Food Technology Cooperative Society should be supported to create bureaus with a view of advancing the struggle to produce more wealth for Uganda.

He called on the officials from the Ministry of Finance to look for ways of enabling society acquire a diversity of funding in forms of grant or soft loans.

“These scientists are already successful in their work of processing but they need funds to expand their business,” he observed.

The President told the meeting that he has met with youth groups several times who are already undertaking agro-processing and value addition activities on a variety of agricultural products.

State Minister for Finance (Planning), Mr. Matia Kasaija, who led officials from the Ministry of Finance, assured the President that they will secure funding for the Group to enable them undertake agro-food processing and value addition activities.

The Cooperative Society needs Shs.3 billion for the construction of the common facility to undertake processing on large scale for better business demands.

Bank of Uganda Governor, Mr. Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile and Secretary to the Treasury, Mr. Keith Muhakanizi, attended the meeting.

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