Residents Snub Museveni Tea Project

The United States has denied reports that South Sudan rebel movement also known as SPLA- In Opposition tortured her citizen to death in Pagak, sickness Upper Nile state last week.
The South Sudan newspaper, for sale the Nation Mirror on Monday reported on its cover page that the security operatives of Riek Machar`s rebel group arrested the unidentified US citizen and flogged before drowning him.
The same story says the victim was among the many foreign nationals under rebel detention accused of siding with the enemy, visit this site Juba regime under President Salva Kiir.
“A US citizen was tortured to death by rebel security operatives on Wednesday. The deceased was one of the detainees who were arrested by the rebel personnel for collaborating with the government.” The introduction of the story on The Nation Mirror says.
The newspaper in the same story titled “Riek Machar Security Torture a US Citizen to Death in Pagak”, claims to have spoken to sources in the SPLA- IO.
However the US which cares immensely about the security of its citizens and with the capacity to rescue them in any terrestrial proximity, through her embassy in Juba denied the Nation Mirror`s story describing it “false and inaccurate”.
“Reports that a U.S Citizen was tortured to death by opposition forces were false and inaccurate.” A short statement from the US embassy in Juba said on Tuesday.
US Department of States drastically downsized its personnel in Juba when the war had just broken out in the World`s youngest nation in December 2013.
Special marine officers were immediately dispatched on the ground that together with Ugandan army UPDF evacuated most US citizens and embassy workers to Nairobi.
The only US citizens who got affected in the war that has now entered the second year, ware three marine soldiers inside a US evacuation plane Osprey C-22 which came under intense ground to air attack by rebels in Jonglei capital Bor on 18th December 2013.
The unnamed trio were rushed to Nairobi and the one severely injured was transferred to US military overseas hospital, Landstuhl Medical Center in Germany.
Some locals in Kabale district have projected prospects of being hit by famine in the next few years, this resulting as a result of a government induced tea growing project in the area.
A few years ago, the Ugandan government, through its agriculture ministry, started a tea-growing project estimated at 20 billion shillings in the western districts of Kabale and Kisoro.
The Government also proposed that either district will be given 22 million tea seedlings and two million shillings grant to every farmer with an acre of tea.
The project was also potentially to boost a tea factory that is being constructed in Kitumba, Kabale municipality. When completed, the presence of the tea factory would eliminate the challenge of having to transport tea leaves to Kanungu factories.
The billions-worth scheme was aimed at creating more employment opportunities to a projected over ten thousand people in the district, loosely translating into every household earning about sh350, 000
every month.
However some locals claim although this is Cash Crop project, is not encouraging because it needs big acres of land which is not available in the District.
They also claim that this project contributes nothing to food security.
Medard Byaruhanga, a resident of Kagunga Parish in Bufundi Sub County says that people in Kabale only have small scattered pieces of land which are used to grow food crops like beans potatoes among others for the people to survive.
Byaruhanga also cited an example of the time they used to grow tobacco and children cry of hunger when it is kept in stores and cannot be eaten.

He also compared Tea Growing Project to Tobacco and Pyrethrum which disappeared some time back and left people in a miserable life.
Athur Asiimwe, a resident of Nyakihanda Cell,Kahungye Parish in Butanda sub county says that they are not sabotaging a Government Program, but is worried of hunger because Kabale has been the food
basket of the country which tea project is substituting.
He says that the Government should look for another option of developing people in the District but not Tea Growing Project.
Medard Amutuheire from Kamuganguzi sub County says that the price of

Tea is very low compared to labour. He also says that the Government should revise and take the project other places in the country where there are large free lands but not Kabale where small pieces of land that are there only accommodates food crops.

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