First came claims of the distribution of rotting seeds to Internally Displaced Persons in northern Uganda. Then, accusations were made about substandard farming implements and roofing iron sheets handed out as part of the IDP resettlement package. Now the Kaberamaido district administration says animals intended for the cattle restocking program among war victims in his district are too sick for them to be distributed.
The Kaberamaido LC5 chairperson, David Emodo, says the distribution of 225 heads of cattle to four sub-counties in the district has been halted because the animals were in poor health and were undersized. He says the supplier of the cattle has been summoned to explain the state of the livestock, which will be retained until the district is satisfied with the quality of his animals.
The cattle, delivered to Kaberamaido by the Ministry of Agriculture National Livestock Productivity Improvement Project, were intended for vulnerable and impoverished communities in Otuboi, Kaberamaido, Bululu and Ochero sub-counties.
Emodo says all the animals will be re-screened in order to ensure that sick cattle are not distributed.
But sources from the district veterinary office insist that the animals are in proper health and say the delayed distribution is purely political.
The restocking of livestock in the Teso area was identified by the Government of Uganda as a central activity for the development of the region. 250 million shillings was allocated to carry out the process.