BY SYRIVIA KUGONZA
Kisoro District Leaders have resolved to invest in Tea production as away of generating revenue for the development of the district.
The resolution follows the councilors and technocrats visit of tea plantations and holding meetings with the Kabarole district leaders on Thursday afternoon.
Their tour was aimed at establishing how Kabarole is benefiting from tea production and the strategies applied to improve on the local revenue mobilization.
Abel Bizimana the District Chairperson Kisoro revealed that as leaders their focus is on investing in the tea production and embark on serious mobilization of the masses to embrace the enterprise so as to have increased household income and revenue to the district.
He says he is to start a campaign to lease out the district idle land to the tea investors to increase tea production
He notes that the voters have not benefited a lot for the period they have spent in leadership because of the fights between the politicians and technocrats.
The chairperson said the conflicts between the politicians and the technocrats had affected the development of the district but added that its high time they concentrated-on team work and coordination for better service delivery.
Mr.Bizimana said that president Yoweri Museveni had given open cheque to the districts of Kisoro, Kabale and Kanungu to grow tea but the district leaders didn’t know how to benefited.
He observed that from interacting with the Kabarole leadership, they have learnt to partner with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), solve wrangles through mediation, mobilization of the masses through meetings, annual leaders’ conferences and regular meetings of politicians and technical staff to forge a way forward.
Michael Kisembo the Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Kabarole told the delegates that partnership with NGOs and political lobbying has been key in the development of education, health, production sectors, accountability and service delivery.
CPA Robert Nkojo the Chief Finance Officer Kabarole says the district generates shs5m every month from tea companies as local service tax.
He added that the seven (7) tea factories that include Kiko tea Estate, Kyamara, Tooro Kahuna, Kijura tea estate, Rwenzori Commodities among others have promoted out growers and offered employment to over 300 people per factory.
In less than a year, 10 districts including Kisoro, Arua, Koboko, Yumbe, Sironko, Tororo,Pader,Kitgum,Mitoma and Luwero have visited Kabarole to share experiences and best practices that have made the district perform well in areas of education, Health , production, transparence and accountability.
Source:www.mknewslink.com a western Uganda news website.