Crime & Investigation

Kenyatta Denies KDF-Al Shabaab Charcoal Trade Ties

FDC strongman, price Dr Kizza Besigye is leaving no stone unturned in his quest for the highest political seat in the land as he spends his weekend on the campaign trail.

Besigye on Saturday took his campaign for presidency to Rakai District, symptoms telling supporters his government will give its all to revamp the agriculture sector.

“We shall improve agriculture by investing in research programmes, promote irrigation schemes, establish a farmers’ bank to give loans at low interest rates and insure gardens,” said Besigye.

A number of factors, including limited access to credit services, poor infrastructure, small land holdings, and the nature of land tenure systems, have been identified as limiting the full exploitation of the agricultural potential in Uganda.

The commercial bank credit funding disequilibrium disadvantages agriculture which forms the country’s economic backbone and source of employment for the majority of the population.

Besigye said when he takes power he will as well “fix prices so that any farmer knows that you can’t sell below that price.”

It remains unclear if this is sustainable as market prices in a free economy are determined by forces of demand and supply.

Besigye further said government would put in place silos to boost food security in the country.

Silos are used in agriculture to store grain or fermented feed known as silage.

According to Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS), the contribution of the agriculture section to total GDP has been declining over the years, with a share of 20.9 percent of the total Gross Domestic Product in 2013 at current prices.

Some of the traditional cash crops of Uganda include coffee, tea, cotton and tobacco.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has assured the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and other security agencies of support as they go about defending and protecting the country from criminals, purchase Chimp Corps report.

He said it was unfortunate that there were some Kenyan leaders who, viagra instead of encouraging the KDF to remain firm in their commitment to protecting the country, had join the bandwagon of those criticising the country’s security agents.

The President termed the allegations that the Kenyan troops in Somalia were collaborating with Al-Shabaab in the illegal charcoal and sugar trade, that recently appeared in some sections of the press, as “most ridiculous and misplaced”.

United Nations monitors said in a report released Wednesday that Al-Shabaab has shipped large quantities of charcoal worth $250m from a port in Somalia controlled by the Kenya Defence Forces.

“Al-Shabaab continues to benefit from the revenue generated, on a scale greater than when it controlled Kismayu, at charcoal production sites, from checkpoints along trucking routes and from exports, in particular at Kismayu and Barawe, all of which to date have been uninterrupted by the military offensive against the group,” reads part of the report.

However, Kenyatta said, “Instead of commending our security forces who are making major sacrifices to defend and guard the country against terrorists, some Kenyan leaders are discouraging them by supporting the misplaced allegations.”

The President – who was accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto –spoke Saurday in Bungoma where he opened the Lwakhakha Border Post and launched the Lwakhakha-Sirisia-Chwele road as he started his three-day visit of the Western and North Rift regions.

“We will stand firm with our security agents because we know the important role they play in keeping our country safe. You saw what happened in Paris where more than 150 people were killed by terrorists. Would you like us to allow these people to move freely in our country and harm us? Of course not,” the President said.

He added: “That is why we insist that our military and other Kenyan security agents must be give room to carry out their work without political interference.”

The Head of State said Kenyans are fully behind the KDF and they will not allow criminals kill innocent people.

He urged citizens to report to the authorities any suspicious persons before they carry out their evil intentions.

President Kenyatta also took issues with people who are criticizing the Government for borrowing money to implement key development projects.

He said the Government’s development projects will not be derailed by people who will do everything they can – including denying Kenyans essential services – to gain political mileage.

President Kenyatta was also accompanied on the tour by Bungoma leaders, led by Governor Kenneth Lusaka, who assured him of their support.


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