By Yosam Gucwaki
In a bid to prevent sugar cane and bush fires, Masindi district
leadership in partnership with the district security committee have
put in place tough measures to ensure that they eliminate fires which
take place every dry season in the district.
Every dry spell Masindi district faces rampant fires which always
leave Kinyara sugar factory and the sugar cane farmers counting
Addressing a stake holders meeting on fire management at district
chambers today, Godfrey Nyakahuma the Masindi Resident district commissioner, said that as security measure they have instructed the police not to give police bond to a person arrested for torching sugar cane adding that they have also gone an extra mile and engaged the chief magistrate to ensure that any person arrested for the same act is put on remand until the case is concluded.
Nyakahuma added that they are not regretting the deployment of the
UPDF and the police in the sugar cane fields of Kinyara sugar factory
noting that they are doing this to safeguard Uganda’s economic
Speaking during the same meeting, the district chairperson;
Cosmas Byaruhanga , said that as the district leadership,
they have come up with a mechanism whereby someone in need of setting fire will first have to apply through the chairperson LCI by filling
forms generated by the district.
He added that this will help them understand every fire being
generated in the district and find a way of managing it.
Byaruhanga who also doubles as the chairperson, Masindi district sugar
cane out growers Association said that since December over 100
hactares have been burnt.
Richard Olanya, the OC fire Brigade advised the security agencies and
the district leadership to form fire vigilante groups in every village
and empower them on how to manage fires at the grass root level
arguing that this will help combat unnecessary fires.
Source: www.mknewslink.com; a western Uganda news website.