Fort Portal Leaders Still Divided on OWC Priority Project

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Bashir Mwanguhya, the secretary Fort Portal Municipal Development Forum and one of those who led a group of Councilors on Saturday to make a report on the viability of investing in agriculture, says the municipality can do well if people engage in fish farming, piggery and poultry.

Fort Portal Municipal leaders have for the third time disagreed on a single project that can be funded under the Operation Wealth Creation-OWC program. 

 
On Friday, General Salim Saleh, the Chief Coordinator of OWC asked Fort Portal Municipal councilors to identify a single project that can be funded to the tune of Shillings 6.2 billion for three years starting this financial year.

 
He told the councilors that OWC is moving to the second phase of the project, which is starting this year and end after five years. 
 

He argued that the major challenge they found with the program was that farmers were given things that they were not ready for something he said, led to loss of billions of Shillings.


It is upon this background that he asked Councilors to choose a project that they think can work well in the municipality with funding from the program.

 
However, the leaders have until now failed to come up with one such project. After their meeting with General Saleh on Friday, the councilors promised to reorganize on Saturday and identify a single project in vain.

 

They reconvened on Monday at Musisa hall at the municipal offices in Booma, but failed to agree on any project. Kenneth Kaliba, Fort Portal Municipal Youth Councilor, argues that investing in Agriculture would pull residents out of poverty.

 
He says that once some of the homes in the 93 villages receive cows for zero grazing, others birds for poultry and others piggery, this will better people's lives.
 

 
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However, Mary Rwakyaka Kenyana, South division councilor, says establishing a plant for value addition would be the best option. She said most farmers are losing their produce due to poor storage.

 
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Bashir Mwanguhya, the secretary Fort Portal Municipal Development Forum and one of those who led a group of Councilors on Saturday to make a report on the viability of investing in agriculture, says the municipality can do well if people engage in fish farming, piggery and poultry.
  

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Other Councilors argue that since the area is about to become a tourism city, it is better to invest in Information and Communications Technology - ICT so as to ensure reliable and fast internet services, among other related service, which was equally rejected.
 

It is at this point that the speaker, Gilbert Kayondo, asked that all project proposals be forwarded to a team of technocrats that include the municipal Agricultural Officer, the Community Development Officer and others so that they can advise on their feasibility.

 
The team is expected to hand in its resolutions on Wednesday to enable Councilors reconvene and make a final report that will be handed to General Saleh during a council session slated for Thursday this week.
 
 

 

About the author

Christopher Tusiime
Christopher Tusiime is the URN Bureau Chief in Tooro. Districts of Kyenjojo, Kamwenge, Kabarole, Ntoroko, Bunyangabu and Kyegegwa, Kitagwenda and Fort Portal Tourism City fall under his docket.

Before joining URN, Tusiime first worked at The Observer newspaper for close to four years as an education reporter.