Construction of Modern Abattoir Stalls Because of Land Title

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However, since then, the construction work has not started. Recently, Museveni expressed concern over the delay to kick start the projects, which would boast the income of pastoralists in the cattle corridor.

The proposed construction of a modern abattoir in Nakaseke has failed to kick off due to the failure by the district a title for the land earmarked to host the facility. In 2010, Farmers under Uganda Meat Producers Cooperative Union limited secured support from various companies, which agreed to fund the construction of a modern abattoir in Nakaseke to process meat for export. Some of the donors include Notura-Norway and Fresh Cuts. In 2011, Nakaseke district council passed a resolution allocating 40 acres of land to host the modern abattoir on the directive of President Yoweri Museveni. However, since then, the construction work has not started.

Recently, Museveni expressed concern over the delay to kick start the construction of the abattoir, which would boast the income of pastoralists in the cattle corridor. Joshua Waiswa, the acting Chief Executive Officer Uganda Meat Producer’s Cooperative Union attributes the delay to the failure to hand them the full rights on the land through issuing a title. He says theunion and its partners are reluctant to put a mega project on a piece land, where they don’t have full rights adding that, the authorities are only willing to offer them a 49 year lease. Waiswa says their partners are equally concerned about the stalling of the project, saying they are considering taking the 49 year lease offer so as not to lose the project. He is optimistic that the construction work will start immediately they secure the lease.

Enock Nyongore, the speaker of Nakaseke district council who is also in charge of overseeing the project implementation says they couldn't rush to give the union full rights on the land because of skepticism. He says councilors and executive members were reluctant to hand over the land fearing that it may be difficult to recover it once the project fails to take off, which has become common. Nyongore says they were also suspicious why Uganda Meat Producer’s Cooperative Union and its partners wanted a land title instead of a lease if they claim to be constructing the abattoir for public good.
 
He says the district council has tasked clerk to council Michael Ssenfuka and district surveyors to process a lease and hand it over to the union if it is still interested in using the land. Divine Nakigudde, the Nakaseke District Production secretary says they want the project because it will offer employment to the youths and boost farmers’ income but insists that giving away public land is unacceptable.  She says their intentions may be misinterpreted by residents. Nakigudde says that the incumbent leadership may be faulted in future if the project winds up or stalls but the district can’t repossess its land.

Samuel Rwakashaija, a pastoralist in Ngoma sub county appeals to the district and Uganda Meat Producers Cooperative Union limited officials to sort out their differences to ensure they don’t lose on the project. Rwakashaija says currently they are exploited by middlemen who buy their livestock at cheaper prices adding that, they hope the construction of the abattoir will help them get better prices. Uganda Meat Producers and Cooperative Union Limited is comprised of 2700 farmers, 1200 are from Greater Luweero Districts.

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.