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Our Origin Story

Rwenzori Commodities Ltd, the producer of Mukwano Tea was founded by the Late Mzee Amirali “Mukwano” Karmali. 

In January 1993, Rwenzori Commodities Limited acquired many abandoned tea estates in Kabarole and Kyenjojo districts in Western Uganda and started its operations by rehabilitating and planting 2493.94 hectares of tea out of 4721.14 hectares of land. 

A total of four tea factories (Buzirasagama, Hima, Kigumba & Munobwa) were built with a capacity of 200,000 Kg of green leaf per day.

Sadly, today he is not with us, but he lives on forever in our hearts and with the immense legacy he has left behind through his daughter Rukhsana and her children.

We Miss and Love You Mzee.

Mzee Amirali “Mukwano” Karmali.

01 January 1930

10 July 2019

Factories And Estates

Buzirasagama Tea Factory

Along the Fort Portal / Kampala highway and 9 KM away from Fort Portal City

  • Tea Estates

    Buzirasagama, Kihingami, Kyakazini, Nyamigera, Rweteera, Sebitoli, Kyamazima, Kyakafumu, Rusenyi & Mituli

Buzirasagama Tea Factory

Buzirasagama Tea Factory is along the Fort Portal / Kampala highway and 9 KM away from Fort Portal City lay the beautiful evergreen tea estates namely Kyakazini, Kyamazima and Buzirasagama that lead to the green roofed Buzirasagama Tea Factory.

Buzirasagama Estate is situated in a fertile belt of land which produces very high quality tea.

Kigumba Tea Factory

Kigumba Tea Factory is located at Rwamakora, Katoke Sub County in Kyenjojo District, 12 km from Kyenjojo to Hoima Road. 

  • Tea Estates

    Ijuga, Kigumba I, Katumba, Kirima, Nyambya, Aswa, Kigumba II & Mukunyu

Kigumba Tea Factory

Kigumba Tea Factory is located at Rwamakora, Katoke Sub County in Kyenjojo District, 12 km from Kyenjojo to Hoima Road. 

In 1970, a British man by the name of William Broadhead started planting tea at the Kigumba estate, leased from the Bagumba. Out of 128.98 available hectares, 48 hectares were planted with clones 6/8 at Aswa estate. Within a short time in 1976, this estate was abandoned. In 1997, Rwenzori Commodities bought this estate from the family of Mr. Sam Rukuba. 

In the year 2000, the rehabilitation work of the abandoned tea was completed and new planting started.  By the end of 2004, tea was planted on 421.56 hectares of land when the new Kigumba factory was commissioned. The major clones planted in Kigumba were 6/8, 6/10, 54/40, K 4/11, BB 35, SFS 475, SFS 150 and 31/8. 

The Kigumba factory is equipped to manufacture 80,000 kg green leaf per day, with three lines CTC machines and one line Orthodox machines.

Munobwa Factory

Munobwa factory is located in Bugaki Sub County in Kyenjojo District, 22 km from Fort Portal town.

  • Tea Estates

    Orubanza, Mujuga, Hiima/kigoma, Nyarubira, Kinyantale, Rwabaganda, Kakorogoto And Kigoyera Tea Estate.

Munobwa Factory

Munobwa factory is located in Bugaki Sub County in Kyenjojo District, 22 km from Fort Portal town. 

This is one of the oldest tea estates in Uganda. In 1930’s, tea on the estate was planted by a British man by the name of William Broadhead. 

Tea was manufactured until 1973, when the British and Asians were expelled by President Idi Amin. The Agricultural Enterprises Limited took over the estate and then handed over to Uganda Tea Authority who managed the estate until 1980 and handed over to the former owner William Broadhead. 

In 1991 the   property was sold to Mr. Gerald Saali, who started the new factory.  In 1996 Rwenzori Commodities acquired the Munobwa factory from Mr. Saali’s family.  

The factory was rehabilitated by installing modern CTC machines and adding new drying and sorting machines from Steelsworth and Kilburn – India.

CERTIFICATES:

Buzirasagama Factory Certificates: US EAS 921:2019, US EAS 28:2019, ISO 22000:2018 and Rainforest Alliance.

Kigumba Factory Certificates:  US EAS 921:2019, US EAS 28:2019 and Rainforest Alliance.

Munobwa Factory Certificates: US EAS 28:2019 and Rainforest Alliance. 

Hiima Factory Certificates: EAS 28:2019 UNBS Q Mark.

Factory Name Number of Estates Total Area (Ha) Total Area Under Tea (Ha) Total Production (Kg) Total Number of Employees Estimated Distance from the Nearest Town
Buzirasagama
10
1730.59
860.35
9,884,000
1169
9 Km from Fort Portal
Munobwa
9
1800.98
916.70
10,033,000
1106
21 Km from Fort Portal
Kigumba
8
1189.57
716.89
8,314,000
881
12 Km from Kyenjojo
TOTAL
27
4721.14
2493.94
28,231,000
3156
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Head Office

Physical Address: Plot 9, Old Port Bell Road, Kampala
Postal Address: P.O Box 20072, Kampala.
Email: admin@mukwanotea.com
Telephone: +256 (0) 752 735 714 / +256 (0) 752 735 741

Buzirasagama Tea Factory and Estates

Physical address: Busoro Sub-county, Kabarole District
Postal Address: P.O Box 167, Fort Portal
Telephone No: +256 (0) 752 735 706
E-mail: thomas@mukwanotea.com

Munobwa Tea Factory and Estates

Physical address: Bugaaki Sub-county, Kyenjojo District
Postal Address: P.O Box 900, Fort Portal.
Telephone No: +256 (0) 752 735 706
E-mail: thomas@mukwanotea.com

Kigumba Tea Factory and Estates

Physical address: Katooke Sub-county, Kyenjojo District
Postal Address: P.O Box 1026 Kyenjojo.
Telephone No: +256 (0) 752 735 706
E-mail: thomas@mukwanotea.com