By Zziwa Ashraf
Uganda Muslim Supreme Council successfully acquired Land for the ranches. For instance available records show some of lease payments were made as follows;
● Ranch Number 17, 5 square miles at Kiryandongo, North Bunyoro District paid via Cheque No. 382737 Shillings. 8,290/-
● Ranch Number 31, 5 square miles Mawogola (currently known as Sembabule) ,paid via Cheque No. 382735, Shs. 7,505/-
•Ranch Number 48, 6 sq miles Ankole at Kakyera paid via Cheque No. 382736, Shs.7, 505/
● Ranch Number 3B, 14 sq miles, Buruli ( Mijeera) located along 142 km Kampala- Gulu Highway purchased from one Sebunya of Buloba at Shs. 1, 200,000/- on 23rd July 1975.
There was also Ranch Number 52, 6 sq miles in Masaka, 1000 acres were purchased at Bunya in Mayuge ( Busoga region).
Through the UMSC National Executive resolution, a subsidiary Company was formed to manage the Ranches known as Uganda Ranches Limited with its headquarters, then located on Diamond Trust building, which was one of the many buildings owned by UMSC in the heart of Kampala with its first Manager being, E. S. Sendagire.
Before the formation of Uganda Ranches Limited, UMSC had already established three factories namely;
● UGASTAT Manufacturers – for Production of Envelopes of all sizes at Luzira.
● Uganda Brushware Manufacturers Ltd – producing Brushes of all kind at first located at Kawempe and later moved to Luzira.
● Kitovu Printery Ltd was the biggest printery located in Masaka. Also during the same period UMSC registered Al- Attas Tours limited which opened its doors with a donation of a fleet of 15 Vehicles from the Uganda Government.
Despite being managed independently, the subsidiary companies were to operate under direct supervision of another UMSC Company known as Industrial and Commercial Holding Company Ltd, whose first Board Chair was the Late Haj. Abas Balinda, prior was a prominent Politician in Ankole and a staunch UPC Stalwart in the late 1960s.
Note; The foreign exchange rate of the period under discussion was at US $ 1: UG x7
Wait for another series on the history of UMSC Ranches.
The writer is the spokesperson for the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council.