Women Parliamentarians tour Kanungu Women Groups ahead of President Museveni as youth in the district fight over multimillion Fish project


By Our Reporter

Excitement is high in Kanungu district as leaders prepare to host President Yoweri Museveni who will be visiting the district Dec 21st 2018.

UWOPA touring the Women’s Organizations in Kanungu District

President Museveni will be in Kanungu District to preside over the ground breaking of construction long awaited 78km Rukungiri -Kanungu which is going to be constructed by Chinese Company.

He will also commission several projects top on list is the Kanungu Youth Development Association (KAYODEA) in conjunction with Kanungu District Youth Council and the switching on Kanyantorogo Hydropower sub Station to boost the National grid electricity.

The president is also expected to interact with some selected groups which have been in existence and also later have private meetings with some local residents.

To avoid a repeat of what happened in Rukungiri , when several organisations were formed puporsely to benefit from President Museveni generosity some of which were briefcase organisations, Uganda Women Parliamentary Association (UWOPA) has toured several groups in the district to ascertain their authenticity ahead of the President’s visit.

Kanungu District Woman MP Hon Elizabeth Karungi and her Rukungiri counterpart Hon Betty Muzanira join the local residents for a traditional dance as they visit women groups in Kanungu District ahead of President Museveni visit scheduled for Friday

UWOPA was led by its coordinator Lamuno Mary and accompanied by Kanungu Woman MP Hon Elizabeth Karungi among others and they visited women groups which recently received funding from UWOPA in Kambuga, Kanungu, Butogota and Kihihi Town Councils.

Some of the cows owned by Women Group

Some of these groups are engaged in Zero grazing , agriculture, handcrafts making and group savings.Lamuno said that they appreciated the Women Groups in Kanungu which received funding because it has been put to good use.

However , controversy still reigns on the Fish Pond breeding project located in Kihihi Town Council which was initiated by KAYODEA after President Museveni met them last year in May and pledged to fund it to the tune of Ugx 850 million.

The project is ready for commissioning

After meeting members of KAYODEA at MacKinnon Suites in Kampala, President Museveni said that he was happy about the project and directed State House Comptroller Lucy Nakyobe Mbonye to implement the project.

KAYODEA members at a function at MacKinnon Suites in Kampala last year when President Museveni pledged sh 850 million for a fish project in Kanungu.

However on learning about this development, Kanungu District Male Youth Councilor Eliab Nasasira, complained that KAYODEA was Kampala based youth organization and therefore the management and monitoring of the fish project should be managed by youth leaders in the district.

 KAYODEA Chairman Godfrey Nuwagaba (middle) inspecting the fish ponds which are to be commissioned by President Museveni

This was after Kanungu District Council handed over 5 Acres of land at Meizimera in Kihihi Town Council where the project is located.Nasasira and his group urged that KAYODEA told the President when he announced the release of funds that the project would benefit the youth in Kanungu but it later turned out that they might divert the funds.

However KAYODEA chairman Godfrey Nuwagaba assured that they had no intention to divert the funds and went ahead to include some members of Kanungu District Youth Council and Councilors at all local governments in the district.

The project being one to be commissioned by President Museveni on Friday has left leaders divided , some supporting KAYODEA because of initiating the project and attracting the president’s eye to fund it while others want it under Kanungu District Youth Council who are leaders of all youth in the district.

But Nuwagaba said that as KAYODEA , they are not bothered about having combined management for the project for puporses of continuity and sustainability , but want the youth leaders to appreciate that it was KAYODEA initiative to have the multimillion project brought to Kanungu.

However an insider from Office of the President who visited the Fish Project site ahead of President Museveni visit but who asked not to be named , said that they have recommended that the project be managed by both KAYODEA and Kanungu District Youth Council on win – win basis where by the former will provide 5 members to join the latter on the 10 man management committee.

By the time of filing this report , it was not yet clear if the recommendation had been granted . 

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