Three NUSAF III groups of Pukor Sub-County in Pader district have faulted a local contractor for supplying them with blind cows.
The NUSAF III groups whose members reportedly receives blind cows are; Loyocak Animal Traction, Abung Animal Traction and Gangba Animal Traction all in Pukor parish, Pukor Sub-County. This cows were supplied last month.
Simon Oroma Akecha, the Chairperson of Loyocak Animal Traction who is one of the beneficiaries confirmed getting a blind cow.
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He said when he realised that the cow given to him is blind, he informed the District NUSAF Officer, but no action has been taken.
He added that the three NUSAF III groups have all paid for the contractor at a cost 40.8m for supplying 48 animals including the blind one.
The local contractor, identified as Bosco Otto denied the allegations, saying he was not informed by group leaders about the problem surrounding blind animals.
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He said because of the lockdown he bought all his animals from within the district at a cost of Shs 850,000, and they were in good health as per the veterinary report.
The Sub-County Chairperson of Pukor, Opio Richard Ojwini, also confirmed the report of the blind cows and called for action against the contractor.
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He said the seven blind cows were among the animals inspected by the office of the District Veterinary Officer before they were given to beneficiaries.
When contacted for comment, the District Veterinary Officer, Dr. Robert Okeny, said he was not aware of such a case, since no one has reported to his office.
The District NUSAF Desk Officer, Anthony Toolanya who is the focal point person in charge of NUSAF III also says he is not aware of any groups in Pukor Sub-County, who received blind animals.