By Ronald Kule
RWENZORI: The Operation Wealth Creation Coordinator for Rwenzori region Col Mawa Muhindo has warned vanilla thieves in Kasese district that their days are numbered.
Mawa who was recently promoted to a rank of colonel from Lt. Colonel has vowed to deal with vanilla thieves especially in the vanilla growing sub counties of Kyarumba, Mahango, Kisinga, Munkunyu and Kyondo.
The UPDF colonel told UJK that he is going to re-introduce his famous “Operation Fagia Uchafu’’ which targets hardcore criminals adding that this time around it is going to sort out vanilla thieves.
He wondered how one would enter a farmer’s plantation and steal kilograms of valuable vanilla freely observing that this must come to an end.
He told families with people engaged in vanilla theft to start preparing their funeral budgets because his operations against them will not spare them alive.
Currently a kilogram of vanilla is between two hundred fifty thousand and three hundred thousand shillings.
A number of vanilla farmers in Kasese district have always come out to complain of vanilla thieves who erode their farms at night and harvest their premature vanilla.
In 2017, atleast eight people were killed in Kasese after they were caught stealing vanilla in Kisinga, kyondo, Kyarumba and Mahango sub counties respectively. END