By Trevor Lutalo
The State Minister of Agriculture in Charge of Animal Husbandry Bright Rwamirama has decried excessive encroachment on the different government ranches owned by the National Animal Genetic Resources Center and Data Bank.
Government has up to 11 animal ranches situated in the different regions in the country. However most of the ranches have been encroached on by former staff of the National Animal Genetic Resources Center and Data Bank.
Rwamirama who has been visiting the NAGRC & DB offices close to Entebbe International Airport says most of the encroachers on the animal ranches involve recommendations of the employees within the institution.
“I cannot see where a government facility is, the policemen are there, the executive director is there and some encroachers come with arrows, threaten and take over land” Rwamirama wondered.
“For those interested in land grabbing they should focus their guns somewhere else enough is enough” Rwamirama added.
The National Animal Genetic Resources Center and Data Bank has approximately 360 square miles of land under their control and administration.
The board Chairperson Nagrc Johnson Nkuuhe said due to lack of a board of chairpersons at Nagrc for a long time led to staff issues that have among others led to the encroachment on the ranch.
“As the new board we are going to focus on Land grabbing and asset grabbing that happens, the ranches belong to government for the benefit of all Ugandans and future generations of Ugandans it’s very important that we custodians safeguard them for the future” he said.
Nkuuhe said that the new board will streamline work of Nagrc by making sure it reposes Nagrc assets from retired officials.
“There is a misconception that there are some staff who left and some went with vehicles but we took them back and there is only one member who is still staying in the house and we are going to ask him pay rent first of all and after vacate that house” he said.
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