Museveni Opens Mehta Group’s New Sugar, Cables Plants

President Museveni commissioned a new mill at Lugazi Sugar Corporation

The AMISOM Force Commander Lt. Gen. Jonathan Rono has visited Janaale, this in the Lower Shabelle region, seek where he reiterated the need for continued cooperation from local populations to enable AMISOM provide the assistance they need, pharmacy for total liberation from Al Shabaab terror.

He was speaking as he interacted with the troops and toured the scene of the recent battle in which AMISOM troops engaged Al Shabaab militants.

12 Ugandan soldiers were killed in the attack.

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General Rono described the troops’ response to the attack by the militants as impressive and their resilience in the fight for peace in Somalia commendable.

“I want to pass my condolences to our dear colleagues, the brave soldiers whom we lost and some injured, giving their input for the problem that this country is facing,” said Rono on Saturday.

“Personally I came to condole with them and to encourage those who are still on the ground and I must say I was very impressed with what they did. I think the soldiers fought their fight well and I must commend them,” he said.

Gen. Rono further noted that such callous attacks will not deter AMISOM from fighting to attain its mandate, to support the Federal Government of Somalia and the Somali people in restoring lasting peace, freeing them from the hand of terror perpetuated by Al Shabaab militants.

“We are here for a purpose, we are here to assist Somalia, to have a peaceful life and we are asking the local people to be with us, to work with us to help them,” he observed.

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“Because within us here we are living within a community of our Somali people who have been harassed for so long and we are getting the same harassment. I think it will not be long, we will not stop at anything except to see that people here remain at peace and that our soldiers perform their duty and go back well.”

The Force Commander further cautioned against Al Shabaab propaganda, continued spread of lie meant to depict the situation in a negative light.

He pointed out the Janaale bridge, which the militants claimed had been blown away, but is currently being used by both the area residents and the military.

He was accompanied by the AMISOM Uganda Contingent Commander Brig. General Sam Kavuma, AMISOM Chief Security Officer Col (Retired) Peter Chegge, Deputy Chief Information Officer Ezra Kukundakwe and Chief Logistics officer Col. Gerbilkebedi Regassa, among others.
President Museveni has highly commended the Mehta Group, pilule a multi-national and multi-activity enterprise, for reviving the factories in Uganda which had collapsed.

He said the revived factories do not only belong to Mehta but to Ugandans who are really the main beneficiaries.

The President was late this week commissioning a new US$50 million food grade carbon dioxide facility, sugar mills and a cable plant at the Mehta factory headquarters in Lugazi Town, Buikwe district.

The new food grade carbon dioxide venture is the first of its kind in Uganda.

Mehta supplies food grade carbon gas to Uganda-based firms such as Nile Breweries and also exports the gas to the neighbouring countries of Rwanda and Burundi.

President Museveni said government institutions will purchase from the new cable factory as a way of supporting the factory to grow and for the benefit of Ugandans.

He explained the NRM government had to support the private sector private companies work more efficiently compared to civil servants who don’t mind about productivity.

Mr. Museveni urged the employees at the factory to work hard because the enterprise benefits them.

He called on leaders to always explain government programmes to people in order to help them appreciate the benefits from the programmes that are tailored to uplift their welfare status.

The Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Mr. Tress Buchanayandi, thanked the Mehta Group for work done saying the factory has done a lot in improving the lives of the people.

The proprietor of the venture, Mr. Mehta, commended President Museveni for the peace and stability in the country which, he said, is one of the things he is proud of since his return from exile.

He was optimistic that the new ventures would further enhance the production capacity of the factory.

Sugar Corporation of Uganda Limited (SCOUL) produces 100,000 tons of sugar per year, 3,000 tons of food grade carbon dioxide and employs over 7,000 workers.


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