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Museveni grants avocado growing investor 5 square miles of refugee camp land

Chimp Reports | 6 February 2024

Museveni grants avocado growing investor 5 square miles of refugee camp land

by Nickson Maberi
 
President Museveni has granted investors permission to use part of the land, where Kyaaka One and Kyaaka Two refugee camps sit, for avocado growing.
 
Museveni, in his letter dated January 30, 2024, directed the minister of relief, disaster preparedness and refugees, Hon. Hillary Onek, to secure 10 square miles of land (2,600 hectares) off the two refugee camps of Kyaaka one and Kyaaka two.
 
The president says half of the land will go to avocado-growing investors, while the other half will be used to develop an industrial part in the area.
 
“One purpose is for an Investor to use 5 Square Miles and develop a plantation of Avocadoes, with value addition facilities for the Avocadoes being part of the package. Avocado oil is important for use in the manufacturing of cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. The other square miles will be used to develop an industrial Park for that area,” the letter reads in part.
 
Museveni says the industrial park and avocado plantation will create approximately 200,000 jobs for Ugandans.
 
“An industrial Park in that area would create a lot of jobs, and so would a big plantation of avocadoes, apart from the other benefits for the Country. Namanve Industrial Park will create 200,000 jobs when it is fully developed,” the letter adds.
 
Museveni also noted that he had been informed that part of the land was invaded by land grabbers and promised to visit the area in April 2024, directing that the 10 square miles be secured from the available land.
 
“I intend to come and meet those people who invaded a well known Government land in April 2024. In the meantime, I want the 10 Square Miles from the surviving Refugee Camp of Kyaaka. That is the size of 11 Square Miles“, he said.
 
He says the industrial Parks would give Uganda the tax money to support both the citizens and the Refugees.

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