Unknown People Plant Tea at the Proposed Rukiga District Headquarters

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Beda Mwebesa, the Kabale District Production and Marketing Department Officer, says the district isnt aware of the tea project.

Unidentified people have planted tea at the proposed Rukiga district headquarters leaving Kabale district officials divided. Rukiga district is scheduled to start operating in July 2017.

Mparo County was earmarked to host the new district headquarters. However, unknown people planted tea in the compound of the proposed district headquarters five months ago.

Residents suspect Kabale district officials are behind the move to plant tea at the proposed district headquarters. Frank Kyerere Besigye, the former Rwamucucu Sub County LC III chairperson, says the decision to plant tea at the proposed Rukinga District headquarters is so embarrassing.

He wants the Sub County and Kabale district leadership to explain the motive behind the tea project and if there are plans to move the proposed district headquarters so that the tea isn't tampered with.

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Hebert Kabafunzaki, the State Minister for Labor Employment and Industrial Relations, says that he has reliable information that some sub county and district officials forged a Memorandum of Understanding with unidentified farmer to plant tea at the proposed Rukiga District headquarters so that they can demand compensation. 

The minister, who doubles as the Rukiga County Member of Parliament, wants the district to investigate and arrest the owner of the tea project for questioning.
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Deus Behangana, the Rwamucucu Sub County LC III Chairperson says the tea was planted with consent from the Sub county and District leadership.

Behangana says they agreed with the farmer to plant the tea, adding that it will turn into a government project after two years. He however, declined to reveal the identities of the farmer.

But Beda Mwebesa, the Kabale District Production and Marketing Department Officer, says the district isn't aware of the tea project.

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Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.

Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.

A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.