On Monday 19th July 2021, KRC’s Board of Directors held yet another of their quarterly meetings at KRC Head Office on Mugurusi Road. The meeting climaxed with a dinner organized at Booma Offices. KRC Booma hosts the institution’s Food Security and Agri-Business (FAGRIB) Unit.
The visiting team, led by the founding Director of KRC, now Member of Parliament Fort Portal City Central Division, Hon. Alex Ruhunda, comprised of Mr. Mbabazi Rogers the Resident City Commissioner (RCC) Fort Portal Tourism City, Mr Tibihika Theo the City Town Clerk and Mr. Asaba Edison Ruyonga the Mayor Fort Portal City. In the attendance also was Ms. Ayesiga Julian Sarah the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Kabarole District.
Hon. Beatrice Kiraso the KRC BOD Chairperson led the leaders on a tour of KRC’s operations at the Food Security and Agri-Business (FAGRIB) department. In her opening remarks, the BOD Chair informed the leaders that she was very excited that KRC had started on her commitment of reaching out to the new leaders in all the districts where KRC operates. She informed the leaders that the Board of KRC has a program to reach out to leaders even in all the other districts.
Mr. Muzinduki Patrick, the Deputy Director of KRC informed the leaders about the KRC’s initiatives through the Rwenzori Region Think Tank which is a nucleus for incubating ideas. He also emphasized that KRC was ready to work with the local leaders on issues of Policy and research in generating evidence-based information to inform programming for the development of the region. He also highlighted that KRC is a centre for Agri-business with various products and the leaders were free to visit at any time for further interaction and refer to KRC, those citizens who need the available technologies.
Bihinurwa Medius, the Head of the Food Security and Agri business Unit delivered a highlight on the various programs that were implemented under the unit including the Nutrition projects both at the Nutrition Clinic and at Kyaka II Refugee Settlement, Farmer support programs, the Fort Portal Food Vender SACCO and Village Saving and Credit groups, skilling programs for the youth, and Market Information Access. She informed the leaders about some of innovations that the unit has come up with like the Bio-refinery and the progress made in developing energy efficient cook stoves like the partnership KRC has with the ACE One stove as the most recent one.
Hon. Alex Ruhunda, who also doubles as the KRC Chairperson Board of Trustees, revealed that KRC has a big vision, to emancipate the African people to enjoy life in its entirety. He also made an observation that there were declining efforts by African peoples to find solutions to our present challenges. He informed the leaders that such innovations like the ones at KRC were fundamental in reigniting the thinking process both within government and outside in order for the region to grow. He encouraged the leaders to use the power of knowledge to understand and then make right choices for the development of our society. He called on the dynamic leaders to embrace good ideas, act on them and find strategic alliance.
In addition, he encouraged the Kabarole District and Fort Portal City leadership to work closely with KRC for the prosperity of the region. He asked the new leaders to join efforts and push for the Agri-led initiative of the Rwenzori region as an approach that was most likely to transform the Rwenzori region.
Mr. Mbabazi Rogers, the Fort portal RCC called upon leaders to work together to achieve success not just as an organisation but as a District and the New City. The RCC pointed out the need to be sensitive to divisions that deter such important development efforts and asked the leaders to always stay vigilant on such forces and always work together to defeat such negative efforts.
The leaders recommended KRC for her efforts to serve the communities. They asked KRC to amplify efforts in giving people information as they said this was a big tool to cause development. They applauded KRC for developing such a multi-dimensional approach to development.