Masindi RDC Under Fire Over Sugar Cane Operation

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Joshua Amanyire, the former Mayor Masindi Municipality, says if Kinyara describes the cane buyers as poachers, then they are smugglers since they are doing the same.

 Masindi Resident District Commissioner, Godfrey Nyakahuma is under fire district officials for stopping traders from buying cane from Kinyara Sugar limited Out growers.

The cane buyers transport it to sugar factories in Kakira, Lugazi, Kaliro and Kamuli districts. Some of the cane growers sell their harvest to the traders citing delayed harvest and payment by Kinyara sugar works.  Kinyara sugar works Shillings 100, 018 for a ton of cane while the factories in Busoga pay Shillings 175,000.
 
Last week, Nyakahuma impounded over five trucks carrying sugar cane belonging to the traders, saying it was in line with a directive from president, Yoweri Museveni against Sugar cane poaching. While delivering his state of the nation address on May 31st 2016, Museveni warned all those involved in sugar cane poaching to stop, saying it was affecting sugar production in the country.
 
However, the move by Masindi Resident District Commissioner, Godfrey Nyakahuma hasn't gone down well with district officials led by the LC V Chairperson, Cosmas Byaruhanga. According to Byaruhanga, Museveni only hinted on the problem but didn't issue any directive to stop cane buying.
 
He argues that the president would have officially written to the district if there was such a directive.
 
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He also wondered why Kinyara sugar factory is selling cane to Hoima sugar Factory in Hoima district it is has capacity to use all the cane produced.
 
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Joshua Amanyire, the former Mayor Masindi Municipality, says if Kinyara describes the cane buyers as poachers, then they are smugglers since they are doing the same.
 
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Mary Mujumura, the Masindi District Deputy Speaker says the president was misled by Moses Byaruhanga, the presidential adviser on political affairs on the sugar cane matter.

Late last year, Byaruhanga reportedly wrote to the Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura notifying him of the complaints from Kinyara sugar works on the alleged cane poaching. 

Moses Kirya, the Masindi District Speaker faults the RDC for failing to coordinate with the district officials on the matter. Kirunda Magoola, the Communications Manager, Kinyara Sugar Works insists they have the capacity to absorb all the cane produced by the out growers, saying they opened up the fields with specific targets.

 

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