Bukedi Leaders Endorse Establishment Of Industrial Park In Kibuku District


By David Omoding




Leaders of Bukedi sub region have unanimously adopted a resolution to have the regional industrial hub established in Tirinyi Town Council in Kibuku District.


Mr. Kedi David, the Butebu District LC Chairperson moved the motion to have the industrial park in Kibuku and the motion was seconded by the Budaka District Chair, Sam Mulomi and his Tororo counterpart, Stella Imukutet.


This was adopted on Wednesday 23rd. Oct 2019 as district leaders of the greater Bukedi Region converged at Kibuku district headquarters to discuss the establishment and launch of the regional industrial hub.


The project is under the Presidential initiative for wealth creation and local economic development.


Ms. Lucy Nakyobe, the Statehouse Comptroller who chaired this meeting called on the leaders to be involved and support the programme saying having zoned the country into 20 zones, the President wants to develop the country.


‘’I congratulate the people of Kibuku for being the first to allocate land for this project in the whole country as this programme is not going to fail because construction will soon commence,’’ she said.


She added that the hub will establish value addition industries depending on availability of raw materials and what the area produces best.


According to Nakyobe, the industrial park to be established in Tirinyi will have the carpentry, welding, knitting, bakery stone cutting, and art and crafts so as to offer hands-on-skills to the locals adding that training of beneficiaries will be free of charge, and government will accommodate and cater for meals for those who will come from far.


She said the training will not need one to have gone to school and after the training no certificate will be issued.


She urged the leaders to get trainers from Bukedi Region and warned them from politicizing the programme by using the programme to reward their campaign agents saying CAO’s will directly be responsible for the success of the project.


She said the project is aimed at minimizing the rate of unemployment in the country and improve on the house hold income.


In attendance were RDC’s, CAO’s, LC5 chairpersons, District Youth chairpersons, Commercial officers among others from the districts of Busia, Tororo, Butaleja, Budaka, Kibuku, Pallisa, and Kibuku and Butebo.


However, Amir Kamba the Budaka District Youth Councilor noted that industrial hubs are as good as nothing as they only benefit government not locals.


He said the existing industrial parks like those in Namanve, Mbale and Tororo have instead turned to be exploitation hubs as they disregard youth despite their support for the NRM party.


Other youths thanked the President for choosing Kibuku to host the industrial hub adding that for long it’s only been Tororo and Busia districts having the hubs in the East.