Farmers Disown List of Operation Wealth Creation Beneficiaries

1967 Views Kabale, Western Region, Uganda

In short
Coordinators in Kabale say that they supplied ten thousand apple seedlings to farmers across the District late last year. But persons, whose names appear on the list of beneficiaries, have disowned the contents of the report.

Farmers in Kabale district are questioning the distribution of farm inputs under Operation Wealth Creation, a government program started to enhance household participation in commercial agricultural production.

The initiative, which runs under the National Agricultural Advisory Services-NAADS, is used for community mobilization, distribution of agricultural inputs, and facilitation of agricultural production chains across the country.

Coordinators in Kabale say that they supplied ten thousand apple seedlings to farmers across the District late last year.  But persons, whose names appear on the list of beneficiaries, have disowned the contents of the report.

Bridget Asinga Tumwesigye, the Kabale District Vice Chairperson says that although she is listed among recipients of apple seedlings, she has never received any apple seedling and her name was included on the list without her knowledge. 

Tumwesigye adds that her investigations indicated that several farmers, who were included on the list, never received the inputs, while others received less that what's recorded in the report.
 
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Similarly, Kabale district leaders have said that most of the farmers' whose names appear in the report have never. They add that many of the names in the report do not exist in the district records.

They want the Operation Wealth Creation secretariat to investigate the distribution.

Johnson Baguma, the Kabale District Secretary for Production, Marketing and Natural Resources says that his office has received information indicating that some coordinators used mercenaries to sign on behalf of eligible farmers.

Baguma says that District is undertaking an assessment of the distribution to ensure that the initiative doesn't lose track and that locals remain the primary beneficiaries.
 
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However, Lieutenant Colonel Charles Tebarura, the Kabale District Operation Wealth Creation Coordinator rubbishes as baseless, accusations of supplying apple seedlings to ghost farmers.

Tebarura insists that his office received only ten thousand Apple seedlings from the secretariat and were distributed to recommended farmers.  He declined to reveal the number of farmers that benefited and how many seedlings they were getting.
 
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About the author

Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.