Lack of Supervision Blights Livestock Restocking Programme

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In 2008, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries distributed 21 heads of cattle to farmers in Kasaala parish in Luweer Sub County under the livestock restocking exercise.

The livestock restocking program in Luweero district has been affected by lack of supervision leaving farmers crying foul. In 2008, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries distributed 21 heads of cattle to farmers in Kasaala parish in Luweer Sub County under the livestock restocking exercise. The beneficiary farmers were expected to pass over calves to other farmers for the continuity of the program.


However, the first beneficiaries of the program failed to pass over the calves to other farmers, a thing that is being blamed on lack of supervision. More than 100 farmers have petitioned Christopher Kyomya, Luweero district Chief Administrative Officer to intervene in the matter. Justine Kivumbi, the lead petitioner says that the first beneficiaries refused to pass over the calves claiming that the cows had died or were stolen.


He says that the beneficiaries took advantage of the laxity by the district production department to sell off the cattle on Easter and Christmas season denying other farmers an opportunity from benefiting from the program. Sam Kalibbala, the LC I Katundu village says local councils were not involved and are not aware of the beneficiaries which made it difficult for them to supervise the program.


He faults George William Namugera, the district production officer of abandoning the program and asks the CAO to penalize him for neglect of duty. Willy Kanatta, the chief Luweero sub county says the restocking committee set up to follow up on the program slipped into Limbo because of lack of resources.
 
 
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Christopher Kyomya, the CAO Luweero district has promised to investigate the matter and take action against those implicated in the mismanagement of the program.

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some beneficiaries who spoke to URN Reporter on condition of anonymity say that the cattle that were given to them were of poor quality which forced them to sell them out.

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.