Ex-rebels in Kasese district are stuck with an interlocking hydraform brick machine that was donated to them by President Museveni to boast their incomes.
President, Museveni donated the machine worth Shillings 200 million last year to the ex-rebels following his 2016 presidential pledge.
This machine which has the capacity of producing more than 10,000 interlocking bricks daily, has since been abandoned at Kasese Central police station.
Mr. Wilson Bwambale Maguniha, one of the beneficiaries who blames government for failing to give them start-up capital to kick-start the project, is concerned that the machine is likely to develop mechanical problems since it’s exposed to a harsh environment. Mr. Wilson speaking…….
Mr. Ronald Sekatawa, the coordinator of the Amnesty Commission in Rwenzori Region says that over 100 beneficiaries have been trained in the first and second phases on bricklaying practices but have failed to undertake them through the last phase due to limited resources.
Msgr. Thomas Kisembo, a Commissioner at Amnesty Commission Uganda, said the intention of the president was to engage the ex-rebels in commercial activities and that he had written to the ministry of internal affairs asking them to address the issue so that the machine can be put to use.
Msgr. Kisembo speaking……..
Earlier, Mr. Jackson Masereka, the group vice-chairperson said a number of reporters are struggling to engage in commercial activities due to the lack of resources and hoped the brick-making business will be their starting point. END