Having started in the kitchen of Edith Nagujja Jakana, now 94, as an in-house remedy to quench the thirst of her then ailing family Patriarch Daniel Nelson Jakana, the future Jakana Fruits LTD would be eventually born.
The abundance of readily available varieties of fruits would interest Nagujja to concoct both punch and cocktails for both her immediate family and guests that came to visit the bedridden head of the home.
This initiative would later impress her son Daniel Jakana Junior, who had also come to visit his sick father from the United States where he had been studying at the time. He sold the idea of adding value to his mother Edith Nagujja’s juice to eventually Jakana Fruits ‘project’.
This she would achieve by procuring machinery that Daniel had told her was available in the US, and thus she agreed to a plan to sell off their cattle in a bid to kick start off the venture.
Indeed, a while later, the Jakana Fruits Ltd was born and Daniel himself would engage in the selling and marketing of his mother’s products in and around Kampala.
As Nagujja was becoming continuously busy with her husband’s illness, Daniel, tactfully graduated into keeping the juice flow both in the ‘industry’ and on the market.
Unfortunately, Jakana Snr, would breathe his last on 24th December, 1994, ushering in a void for Nagujja and the children.
It is during this mourning period that the Jakana Fruits Ltd was founded with Daniel assuring his mother that the new company belonged to her and the other family members at the time.
With the business market gaining momentum, Daniel requested his mother that he sets up a temporary structure to press the juice, but instead set up permanent structures on the land.
It is during this time that Daniel told his mother of the need to formalize their tenancy on the 2-acreage piece of land with the Buganda Land Board.
In this already complex and confused situation Daniel would periodically bring a mammoth of documents which he would advise the mother to sign off with a basis of him having read through them.
Edith was only to be taken back and shocked after she learned that instead of executing the procedure as earlier agreed upon, Daniel had instead demarcated the land leaving her with about only 18 decimals that harbor the house the old and ailing lady currently lives in.
Thinking that it was a fool’s day joke, Nagujja engaged the services of their family lawyer at the time who confirmed that indeed such a process had taken effect and advised her to place a caveat on the land.
She would later be taken aback to hear that 0.066 Hectares to had been sold to Kampala City Council Authority at 827 453 640 (Eight Hundred Twenty-Seven Million, Four Hundred Fifty-Three Thousand six hundred and forty), by Daniel and his now Jakana Foods LTD, in spite of an existing caveat on the estate, a matter that is currently being contested by Nagujja, at the High Court of Uganda (Land Division).
A while later, a team of visitors who included one Meg Hilbert Jaquay arrived at the contested Kawempe, Jakana, compound.
This team would later start taking on several roles at the adjacent factory as the rest of the family including the now ailing old Nagujja, looked on in awe.
Little did they know that the said group had ‘taken’ over management of the ‘Jakana Foods Ltd’ and that their own livelihoods would be further complicated by the new look team.
Meg assumed command of the demarcated part of the land whose barrier is only a few thorny shrubs.
WHO IS MEG
Though Meg is said to have arrived in Uganda not only as Meg Hilbert Jaquay over five Years ago, her resolve to settle in the Pearl of Africa’s Sub Urban Kawempe area in Kampala is linked to her connection with Daniel himself.
She has since assumed the role of the managing director at the Kawempe factory in what many allege is a ploy by Daniel to escape libel.
Later on, Meg, through her now link with Daniel joined the American Chamber of Commerce in Uganda (AmCham Uganda), a Company limited by guarantee that was founded in December 2008 by American investors in Uganda with an interest in fostering and promoting greater commercial and cultural ties, cooperation, and dialogue between Ugandan and American firms and related professionals.
She has since then assumed the ‘Jakana’ name as one of her own and the role of Vice President of AmCham Uganda.
Despite her having prior knowledge of the frail Nagujja, whose livelihood depended on the family property like land, her pleas to let her feed herself through the same have hit deaf ears.
Instead it has now been used to grow all manner of fruit to feed the abundant American market, while she wallows in a quest for a grain to feed her family.
In 2014, Jakana Foods expanded its operations to provide organic certified dried fruit, catering to the discerning tastes of the USA market, ignoring the plight of the suffering nonagenarian. DEAR READER, DO YOU HAVE A HOT STORY YOU WOULD LIKE US TO PUBLISH…
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