Kadaga to Boost Kabale Exports

The Speaker of Parliament, prostate Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, has promised to work with the producers and traders in Kabale district to improve their produce for export to South Africa, America and European markets.

According to the Speaker, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s recent remarks that Uganda cannot be a supermarket for foreign goods should be taken seriously.

“The President has said that Uganda should not be a supermarket; let’s make other countries supermarkets,” Kadaga said.

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She assured the locals that she is going to do everything within her power for the certification of locally produced wine in Kamwezi, a parish in Rukiga County, Kabale district, to make it fit for export to South African markets.

“I will support the wine producers to quickly get the certification required so as to export its products,” she added.

Kadaga was speaking at a thanksgiving function the new Rukiga constituency MP, Hon. Hebert Kabafunzaki, who was also appointed Minister of State for Labor, Employment and Industrial Relations.

Kabafunzaki uprooted the Forum for Democratic Change stalwart Jack Sabiiti in the February parliamentary election.

The function was held at Kamwezi sub-county headquarters, 24 June, 2016. The Speaker was also overwhelmed by the fine handmade crafts she found at the place and she promised to make them penetrate the American markets.

“There are a lot of crafts here. I will work with other stakeholders to penetrate the US market under AGOA (African Growth and Opportunity Act). Let’s work together to promote these crafts,” said Kadaga.

Kadaga also promised to follow up a presidential pledge for Kamwezi High School for the construction of a classroom block and laboratory.

Minister Kabafunzaki appealed for the Speaker’s help to support crime preventers, who he said, lacked uniform, boots and transport facilitation.

“The crime preventers are doing a good job but they lack facilitation. Let’s push government to support them,” said Kabafunzaki.

He also wanted support in starting a value addition plant to make bread and sausages as well as setting up a community radio in the constituency.

The Minister was unhappy that district leaders had failed to collect up to Shs 300m of the Shs 513m under the Youth Livelihood Fund for Kabale district last financial year. He pledged not to have any funds
returned to government in future.


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