Museveni Already Signed Coffee Deal (1)
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Tibuhaburwa

President Museveni said that now that a written agreement has been reached, discussions about how good or bad the coffee deal is no longer relevant.

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Tibuhaburwa has said all talks and discussions about whether the coffee deal is good or bad are meaningless now that an agreement was already put in writing.

Mr Museveni made the remarks while addressing the nation during the International Labour Day celebrations on Sunday.

He said the problem with a written agreement, it cannot be reversed once one party realises it is not benefiting from it.

“The little war we are having is with the coffee deal that coffee thing is very interesting and am glad it is in writing. You put something in writing, you are finished because if it is wrong you cannot take it back,” Museveni said.

“They are attacking the coffee deal which is very bad. We are now going to study you. You have put it in writing, it is in black and white. That is the struggle between the comprader bourgeois, the agents of foreign interests and the national bourgeois,” he added.

This comes days after the Finance Minister, Matia Kasaija defended the controversial Coffee deal saying it gives access to other potential investors to invest in coffee value addition.

In February 2022, Kasaija, on behalf of the government, signed an agreement with Uganda Vinci Coffee Company Limited (UVCC) owned by an Italian investor, Enrica Pinetti, to have exclusive rights to buy Uganda’s coffee for processing.

As well, several incentives and concessions were extended to the same coffee company including allocation of 27 acres of land at the Industrial Park in Namanve, construction of an access road linking the plant to the main access road and power transmission to the plant at the Government’s cost, and exemption from all kinds of taxes among others.

This agreement has since called for an alarm from a number of legislators who continue to insist that it favours the Italian company at the expense of local farmers.

Responding to this outcry earlier on, however, Kasaija said the deal is not monopolised as claimed. 

“This agreement does not deter other potential investors from investing in value addition; UVCC provides an opportunity for the country to fetch better prices for high grade coffee.”

He added that as part of the deal, the Italian company also aims to establish several hubs across the country intended to enhance the traceability of farmers and eliminate middlemen.