Uganda: Museveni to compensate tobacco farmers

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President Museveni has promised to compensate farmers who were cheated by tobacco firms in Bunyoro sub-region.
While campaigning for the NRM flag bearer in the Hoima woman parliamentary by-election at Kabaale Primary school in Buseruka Sub County on Monday, the president said he had received numerous complaints from farmers who were not paid by Continental Tobacco Company after they supplied it tobacco.

The Bugahya County MP, Mr Pius Wakabi earlier informed the President that many tobacco farmers were cheated by companies that refused to pay them. He further reported that farmers in Buseruka Sub County are currently struggling with water scarcity challenges and some families that were displaced from the proposed oil refinery site were not compensated despite vacating their land to pave way for the construction of the oil refinery and the Hoima International airport.
“Your Excellency, we request you to elevate Kabale to a Municipality status. We request you to endorse this proposal. We also have the problem of people who were not compensated but we hope this will be resolved,” Mr Wakabi told the president.

In his response, Mr Museveni said he had sent his legal team to investigate the complaints of unpaid tobacco farmers but his investigation revealed that Continental Tobacco Company that took farmers’ tobacco collapsed.
“Government will compensate you for your tobacco. I sent my lawyer to investigate. He calculated and got Shs 26 billion (as compensation). That will be the medicine” President Museveni said.

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