Gen. Saleh Shuts Down Factory Over Losses
General Salim Saleh, the senior presidential advisor on defense and security has closed down a tomato-processing factory after it accumulated losses.
Saleh, who is also President Museveni’s younger brother shut down the plant that has hitherto operated at Kapeeka in Nakaseke.
His factory manager Tonny Kamwesiga said they switched off the lights and closed shop after failing to get market for their product, which had failed to get quality certification.
Kamwesiga said: “We could not continue operations, the product was only being sold in Nakaseke in the village and we failed to bring it to Kampala market because UNBS refused to certify because of quality concerns.’
Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is the national body that gives out quality certification to safeguard consumers from substandard products.
The factory is part of Gen. Saleh’s Namunkekeera Industrial centre, which President Yoweri Museveni commissioned in 2014.
Namunkekeera was among the several dozen companies that were listed as seeking a government financial bailout after the Uganda economy took a down turn following the general elections of February 2016.
Saleh owns majority shares in Bulemeezi 2014 Limited, the company, which owned the tomato factory. The local farmers own a stake in the company as do the widows of fallen UPDF soldiers under the organization known as Vumilia Uganda.