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Corruption in the development of the Bukungu ice plant will be investigated by Nabbanja.

Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja has promised to look into allegations of financial mismanagement in the development of the 2.5 billion Shillings Bukungu ice facility.

Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja has promised to look into allegations of financial mismanagement in the development of the 2.5 billion Shillings Bukungu ice facility.

Failure to operationalize the multibillion-dollar project, even when public records show that monies to ensure full capacity functionality of the same facility were granted, is a symptom of graft, according to Nabbanja.

The facility was given to local fishermen in 2008, but it has sat dormant because it failed to create the ice cubes needed to preserve seafood before shipping it to neighbouring markets.

Since the facility was abandoned without a clear strategy on who is supposed to protect it from invaders, unknown individuals vandalized vital sections of the plant, such as the generator and piped water system.

Hakim Mulondo, a local fisherman, claims that he has been in contact with responsible agencies for the past 13 years, but that none of them has come up with a viable solution.

“We have been engaging authorities from the prime minister’s office, state house, and the agriculture ministry for the past 13 years on when they will completely operationalize the plant, but none of them has ever acted on our concerns after receiving our grievance letters,” he says.

On Saturday evening, Nabbanja addressed leaders and fishermen at the Bukungu landing site, arguing that failing to sanction works at a government-funded community project amounts to corruption, and that all responsible agencies must account for the irregularities involved.

“This type of corruption has cost the government a lot of money, and I will make sure that whoever is to blame for this loss immediately recovers the money that was lost here,” she says.

Meanwhile, Buyende district LC5 chairperson Michael Kanaku claims that 60 percent of his district is located along the shoreline of Lake Kyoga, and that the ice factory would have allowed them to receive additional local money from fishing communities.

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