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Councilor, Sub County Chief Accused of Stealing OWC Seeds

The controversy stems from the disappearance of bags of Irish potato seeds which were distributed to farmers in Rubanda district on April 13. Muko Sub County received a share of 700 out of 2,400 bags of seeds for distribution to farmers whose gardens were destroyed by floods in 2017.

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Muko Sub County Chief Jered Muhwezi and Councillor Pastori Twinomuhangi have been accused of stealing inputs that were given to farmers through operation wealth creation.

The controversy stems from the disappearance of bags of Irish potato seeds which were distributed to farmers in Rubanda district on April 13. Muko Sub County received a share of 700 out of 2,400 bags of seeds for distribution to farmers whose gardens were destroyed by floods in 2017.

However, 142 locals from villages of Rwamahano, Rwaburindi, Kiruruma, Katembe, Bijeje, Habuhinga Nyarurambi, Kyakara and Nfasha in Muko Sub County are accusing Twinomuhangi and Muhwezi of misappropriating their share.

The farmers say that they were advised by Twinomuhangi and Muwhezi to sign documents acknowledging receipt of the seeds.  They add that they were then advised to pick their share at a later date as sacks of Irish potato seeds were still being sorted.

Gilbert Mugisha one of the would-be beneficiaries says that to their dismay, they were sprayed with teargas when they went to Muko Sub County headquarters for their share.

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Annet Bagyezeho, another would-be beneficiary says that the government's aim has not been achieved since Irish Potato seed that was intended to improve farmers' income were misappropriated. She calls upon district leaders to investigate the matter.

 

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Pastori Twinomuhangi declined to comment on the matter, but the Muko sub-county Chief, Jered Muhwezi, admits that the complainants were registered, but did not benefit because potatoes seeds were not enough. He did not divulge details into the distribution.

 

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Rubanda District Chairman, Kenneth Jogo Biryabarema, promised to follow up the matter, in order to prove whether the potato seeds truly diverted, so that Twinomuhangi and Muhwezi are apprehended.

 

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