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Museveni attacks Kenya over market protection

27 November 2014, 14:01 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has criticized some Kenyan government officials who are against Ugandan traders selling their products in Kenya.

Museveni made the remarks while opening a multi-million dollar poultry facility in rural central Uganda.

He commended the investor, Alykhan Hudani and his family for locating a modern poultry industry in Semuto, Luweero district, and also lashed at some Kenyan officials who are against opening up their country's market to Ugandans.

The President paid a glowing tribute to Hudani Manji Holdings Ltd, a company that operates under the trademark of Yo Kuku, for a job well done. The complex consists of boiler houses, feed mill and an abattoir that form part of an integrated agri-business venture that cost US$10 million in the first phase. It has a capacity to house 180 000 broiler birds.

“I am very happy to commission this industrial project in Semuto. This area was damaged during the war. I am happy that this industry is located in Luwero,” he said.

Museveni challenged leaders of Luweero district and the neighbouring areas to mobilize the people in the production of maize which is a major ingredient in the feeds, saying that maize has a ready market in the new industry.

The President told the people of Semuto in particular and Ugandans at large that Uganda is rich in agriculture and that there was a lot of employment opportunities in industrial establishments. He reiterated that leaders need to work hard and promote industries to ensure that wananchi benefit.

Responding to complaints by investors who reported that they purchase one-day old chicks from Kenya but are barred from selling mature and dressed chicken to the neighbouring country, the President assured the proprietors of the facility that they would be able to sell their products in there.

He said, ''It is unfortunate that some Kenyan officials block the purchase of Ugandan products such as milk and sugar. But we shall solve that diplomatically.''

He urged Alykhan Hudani to attract more investors to tap into the abundant agro-processing industry in Uganda.

The State Minister for Animal Industry, Hon. Bright Rwamirama, thanked the proprietors for heeding President Museveni’s call to invest in the country.

He observed that the abattoir was the first of its kind in the country.

He was pleased to note that the poultry industry has been growing steadily, and reported that the Industrial Research Centre in Uganda is producing the Avian Influenza Vaccine which is a major requirement in the poultry production business.

The Chairman of Hudani Manji Holdings Ltd, Alykhan Hudani, saluted President Museveni for inaugurating the facility and highly commended him for supporting his family in its business ventures since their return from Canada in 1986. He paid special tribute to the President for supporting investors.

Hudani also revealed that they were focused on enhancing efficiency adding that the plan under their business venture embeds the utilization of the market in Uganda, East Africa and South Sudan.

He disclosed that their venture is the biggest in Eastern Africa adding that the ultimate goal is to have a work force that is Ugandan and well trained.

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