Jinja Annual National Agricultural Show at Stake

Business came to a stand-still on Friday at the Source of the Nile Agricultural Show ground when officials from the Jinja Municipal Council sealed off the place over taxes.

According to officials in Jinja Municipal Council led by Senior Assistant Town Clerk Joy Kasowole, stomach managers of the show ground have defaulted on paying the mandatory premium accruing to ground rent and Operating Licence for a couple of years.

In a letter written by the Mpumudde/Kimaka Division Finance Officer Catherine Nawaguna, viagra order the show managers owe the division Shs 203m accruing to ground rent since 1995 and Shs 22.52m for Trading Licence.

The secretary for Finance at Mpumudde Division Brian Musana says unless management agrees to pay the taxes, they will not allow this year’s Agricultural show to take place.

Before management could sort out this matter, another group of disgruntled youths stormed the show ground protesting the act by management not to give them priority while giving out jobs to those who are work in the show ground.

According to the youths, they were disappointed to find a pinned notice scaring away any body going there to ask for jobs.

The youths were supported by Minister for youth’s affairs and ICT Hashim Suleiman in Busoga Kingdom who said since the agricultural show is held in Jinja, Basoga should be highly considered for jobs there.

“It’s my role as a youth minister to ensure that youth are given the first priority on all opportunities in the area, this would give my youth some opportunity to earn some money” he said.


When contacted, the show manager Peter Kisambira said they were engaging in numerous meetings with all authorities to ensure that the arrangements for next week’s annual agricultural, trade show are not affected.

“We’re in high gears of laying our final hands on the preparations for the show and any interference at the moment can’t be underated, like you heard, this is an inherited challenge that only calls for
negotiations. You all know that I have personally been here for only three years but the issue being raised has existed for more than 20 years” he said.

This year’s agricultural show is expected to run from Monday 11th July to Sunday 17th July and many exhibitors have already booked stalls and places for exhibition.

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