Beatrice Tibbi Kihika has been appointed as the honorary chairwoman of Western Uganda Cotton Company (WUCC), becoming the first and only chairwoman at any cotton gin in Uganda.
WUCC with offices in Kampala and Kasese, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Plexus Cotton Ltd and works with local farmers in the cultivation and ginning of cotton. Kihika commenced work at WUCC in September 2005 following a career in banking with Barclays bank and Tropical bank.
According to a statement, since joining WUCC, Kihika has been instrumental in the introduction of cotton seed varieties with a higher ginning performance, driving yield improvements through more effective farmer training and the expansion of sales from value-addition products such as cotton seed oil, cotton cake and cotton husks.
Interviewed about her new appointment, Kihika says “as the first and only chairwoman at a cotton gin in Uganda, I feel very honoured and happy that my years of service have been appreciated by the company and I look forward to continue to play a very active role in the development of the sector in Kasese and Uganda more broadly. Hopefully, my appointment will provide other women the incentive to work in leadership positions in this important industry for Uganda."
Tina Stridde, a management board member of Cotton made in Africa (CmiA), a key partner of WUCC said “We congratulate Beatrice Tibbi Kihika to her new position. Her appointment is a great signal and motivation for the many talented girls and young women in Uganda and everywhere in the world to venture into previously male-dominated sectors and stand their ground.”