The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, has promised to work with the people of Kabale to improve their produce and exports.
Kadaga said she would work on certification of locally produced wine in Kamwezi, a parish in Rukiga County, Kabale district, to make it fit for export to South African markets.
“The President has said that Uganda should not be a supermarket; lets make other countries supermarkets,” Kadaga said adding “I will support the wine producers to quickly get the certification required so as to export its products.”
Kadaga was speaking at a thanksgiving function held by the new Rukiga MP, Hon. Hebert Kabafunzaki, who was also appointed Minister of State for Labour, Employment and Industrial Relations.
Kabafunzaki beat FDC’s Jack Sabiiti in the February election. The function was held at Kamwezi sub-county headquarters, 24 June, 2016.
“There are a lot of crafts here. I will work with other stakeholders to penetrate the US market under AGOA (African Growth and Opportunity Act). Let’s work together to promote these crafts,” said Kadaga.
Kadaga also promised to follow up a presidential pledge for Kamwezi High School for the construction of a classroom block and laboratory.
Minister Kabafunzaki appealed for the Speaker’s help to support crime preventers, who he said, lacked uniform, boots and transport facilitation.
“The crime preventers are doing a good job but they lack facilitation. Let’s push government to support them,” said Kabafunzaki.
He also wanted support in starting a value addition plant to make bread and sausages as well as setting up a community radio in the constituency.
The Minister was unhappy that district leaders had failed to collect up to Shs 300m of the Shs 513m under the Youth Livelihood Fund for Kabale district last financial year.
He pledged not to have any funds returned to government in future.
At a different function Speaker Kadaga praised outgoing Mbarara Municipality MP, Dr. Medard Bitekyerezo, for his contribution in Parliament as Chair of the Committee on Health.