Caleb Tukaikiriza, the Kalungu District Resident Commissioner has given Kiyemba up to Wednesday next week to provide the project’s performance report, following reports of anomalies in the project implementation.
Some of the Farmers who benefited from Fertilizers distributed under Agricultural Cluster Development Program-ACDP which is however being abused in Kalungu district
Paul Kiyemba, the Kalungu District Production Officer has been tasked to provide a a report on the management of the Agricultural
Cluster Development Project-ACDP in the district.
Caleb Tukaikiriza, the Kalungu District Resident Commissioner has
given Kiyemba up to Wednesday next week to provide the project’s performance
report, following reports of anomalies in the project implementation.
ACDP which was launched in 2018, is a five-year World Bank-funded
project implemented through the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and
Fisheries that aims at increasing production and productivity of selected
agricultural commodities and enterprises through increased access to critical
farm inputs for farmers in different agricultural clusters.
However, the different farmer groups in Kalungu district during
the quarterly meeting held Monday at Kyamulibwa town council decried the gross
irregularities affecting the project’s effective implementation.
The farmers allege that despite signing cost-sharing agreements
and making their required partial payments they are being made to wait for the
inputs in vain and that all responsible persons have instead been dodging them.
According to Godfrey Ssagala, the Kyamulibwa Town Council LC III
Chairperson, the project was hijacked by unscrupulous people with connections
to local politicians, who have since been stealthily taking away the inputs as
soon they are delivered to stores.
Ssagala says he has received complaints from several farmers indicating
that they didn’t receive the inputs despite paying the money as early as last
They accuse David Kawunde, the political assistant to Agriculture
Minister, Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja, of conniving with sub-county
Agricultural Officers and local traders to inputs in private farm stores
outside Kalungu district.
Tukaikiriza says he wants the Production Officer to provide a
comprehensive report about all the project’s supplies in the area such that a
fact-finding exercise is carried about its implementation.
He has also instructed police to open up inquiry files on Faduruh
Jjungu, the Kyamulibwa sub-county agricultural officer, David Kawunde, Timothy
Kafuusi and Moses Kakooza; local businessmen who are accused of selling the
Kiyemba confirms receiving complaints of mismanagement in the
project, however adding that they are closely following them up to find the
trough about the reports.