IGARA GROWER’S TEA FACTORY ON VERGE OF COLLAPSE, FARMERS ,BOARD MEMBERS IN ENDLESS FIGHTS
By Sandra Tumwekwase
Members of Igara grower’s tea factory are worried that they might lose their factory if the board doesn’t reconcile and work together.
The company which is owned by farmers from both Igara and Buhweju is divided right from their board of directors
Members attribute the divisions in the company to politics and a weak vetting committee.
Tarsis Kabwegyere the former minister who is a member of Igara grower’s tea factory told journalists yesterday after an AGM that the meeting was an opener that all is not well within the company.
He warned the company board of directors led by their chairman Samuel Muhumuza to put their differences aside, work for the betterment of Igara grower’s tea factory keeping in mind that the company they are dividing is a source of livelihood to many.
Nicholas Ajuna Kajurembe another member of the factory noted that like any other business, the factory must be run with unity and cooperation thus called upon the chairman board Samuel Muhumuza to be a unifying factor and put his house(factory) in order.
He added that these disagreements have been there ever since the current chairman took over and they have tried as members to bring them together but all in vain.
However, Mitooma district chairman Benon Karyeija warned members against all these wrangles adding that they should focus on working hard to outcompete the incoming competitors instead of battling among themselves.
It should be remembered that the chairman board of directors was recently rejected by members of Buhweju during one of their zonal meetings accusing him of dictating to hold an annual General meeting in Bitereko zone instead of their own Buhweju.
They had earlier run to court to challenge the proposal but the court ruled in favor of the board of directors allowing the meeting to take place today in Bitereko zone.