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Abim Leaders Bicker Over Missing Tractor

The tractor has since gone missing from the district yard raising concerns from a section of the councillors. It was donated to the district under Local Economic Development, LED to help the farmers engage in commercial farming by opening big farms for economic benefit.
06 Mar 2020 13:08

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Leaders of Abim District are bickering over a tractor given to the district by the central government in 2016.

The tractor has since gone missing from the district yard raising concerns from a section of the councillors.

It was donated to the district under Local Economic Development, LED to help the farmers engage in commercial farming by opening big farms for economic benefit.

Patrick Omach, the councillor for Magamaga Sub County alleges that Jimmy Ogwang Olum used his powers while he was the Secretary for Production and Marketing to illegally remove the tractor from the district yard and use it for personal gains.

Omach says the disappearance of the tractor has undermined the efforts of the Abim district from helping the local farmers implement commercial production as envisaged by Uganda Vision 2040.

He has tasked the police in Abim to investigate the matter.

//Cue in I wants the tractor ...

Cue out: prosecuting him.”//. 

However, Olum denies any involvement in the disappearance of the tractor. He noted that DEC decided to hire out the tractor to an investor to generate revenue.

Ogwang says that the investor, however, failed to manage the tractor and has been grounded since 2017.

The Abim Resident District Commissioner, Samuel Mpimbaza Hashaka says he has directed the police to investigate the disappearance of the tractor.

He said several farmer groups and individuals had paid money to the district to use the tractor.

Enos Odong, the OC CID told URN that some technical staff have recorded statements but declined to give details.