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Museveni directs prisons to grow cotton

Published on May 12, 2016

President Museveni has directed the Uganda Prisons Service to grow cotton as the country moves to stop importing second-hand clothes. Mr Johnson Byabashaija, the Commissioner General of Prisons, said the President issued a directive and gave them a target to produce one million bales of cotton per season in addition to the grain meant to feed prisoners.

Internal Affairs Minister Rose Akol said the presidential directive is in line with a decision taken by East African leaders to abolish second-hand clothes.

On March 2, the leaders of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi at EAC heads of state summit in Arusha, directed the Council of Ministers to study the modalities of promoting textile and leather industries in order to stop importation of used clothes, shoes and other leather products. Read more. Source | Daily Monitor