By Yosam Gucwaki
Masindi district leaders have risen up against the Masindi district Resident Commissioner, Godfrey Nyakahuma over stopping sugar cane buyers from buying cane from Masindi district.
Last week, Nyakahuma launched an operation of impounding trucks of all sugar cane buyers who buy sugar cane from Kinyara sugar limited out growers and over five trucks loaded with cane were impounded by police.
Nyakahuma the RDC Masindi says that he is doing this to implement the presidential directive which was issued on 31st/may/2016 while giving out the state of the nation address warning the people involved in cane poaching to stop.
This has sparked fire against the RDC Masindi by the leaders where the chairperson LCV Byaruhanga Cosmas is saying it was not a presidential directive noting that while the president was giving out the state of the nation address he just hinted on it.
He added that if it was a presidential directive the RDC would have formally informed authorities in Masindi saying that he has never done this.
He expressed his disappointment saying that if it was a presidential directive why it is that Kinyara sugar factory is selling sugar cane to Hoima sugar Factory in Hoima district.
Byaruhanga added that that is a sign indicating that Kinyara sugar Factory has no capacity to crush the available sugar cane adding that since Uganda has a liberalized economy let everyone come and buy the abundant cane available instead of leaving the farmers suffer with the monopoly of Kinyara sugar factory.
Amanyire Joshua the former mayor Masindi municipality said that if Kinyara is saying that sugar cane buyers are poachers, Kinyara sugar factory is a smuggler because it is also doing the same.
Mary Mujumura the deputy speaker Masindi district blamed Byaruhanga Moses the presidential advisor on political affairsfor failing to advise the president on political issuessaying that he is not supposed to enter into business matters.
Late last year Moses Byaruhanga wrote to the IGP Kale Kaihura notifying him of how Kinyara Sugar Factory was complaining of sugar cane poaching which was taking place in their territory and the letter was also copied to the RDC and the DPC Masindi.
Moses Kirya the district Speaker Masindi district blamed the RDC for failing to coordinate with the district leaders on this matter.