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Parliament pin UDC over 42 billion injected into fruit factory

The parliamentary trade and industry committee has tasked Uganda development cooperation to account for 42 billion shillings which government has injected into the construction of a fruit factory in Teso region.

The committee chaired by Mbarara city MP Mwine Mpaka was interfacing with the officials of  EDC lead by  managing director Patrick Buringi.
Government had started the construction of this factory  to provide market to the farmers who were growing mangos and citrus  in Teso sub region     in 2019. Howver the committee discovered irregularities that the factory instead defrauded farmers  by buying  a bag at 20,000.The committee discovered the pumps which were supposed to be given to farmers but instead were sold.


The committee has also discovered that the over two billion shillings was utilised in the construction of 2 km road which was not accounted. Other irregularities include 300 million shillings which was given to the contractors without the approval of the solister general
Kyegwa Mp Bright Amooti wondered how the funds have been utilised citing the contribution from Korea which is not accounted.
 
Nwoya east MP Geoffrey Okello says the committee is interested in the funds because the funds were meant to assist farmers which were affected by the low market.
The committee vice chairperson Margret Lwamwaka has also singled out  other government donations which included pumps which were instead sold to farmers at 200,000 shillings which was not proper.
Other MPS include Gomba woman Mp Silvia Nayebale who demanded for this accountability.

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