Moses Ssenkumba, a coffee farmer from Kyamulibwa Sub County said at the inception of the project, they were asked to register through an electronic voucher management system to create accounts where each of them deposited Shillings 148,500 s as co-founding.
Cluster Development Program-ACDP may fail to meet its intended objectives in
Kalungu district due to an invasion by speculators fleecing farmers.
November 2018, government through the Agriculture, Animal Industry and
Fisheries Ministry initiated the five-year project with the aim of improving on-farm
productivity, production, and volumes of selected agricultural commodities in
specific geographical clusters of the country. The government obtained a
loan of USD 249-million from the World Bank to support the farmers through the
provision of agricultural inputs, fertilizers and pesticides under a
However, its implementation process in Kalungu
district is being bogged down by unscrupulous speculators fleecing farmers who
intend to benefit from the project. In their quarterly
meetings at Kyamulibwa town council on Tuesday, farmers complained of being
conned of their hard-earned cash by fraudsters posing as project coordinators in the
Moses Ssenkumba, a coffee farmer from Kyamulibwa Sub County, said at the inception
of the project, they were asked to register through an electronic voucher
management system to create accounts where each of them deposited Shillings 148,500 as co-founding. He, however, says to their disappointment the money was
withdrawn but they didn’t receive any inputs. He says they have
repeatedly sought an explanation from their sub-county Agricultural Officers on
the money in vain.
Godfrey Ssagala, the Kyamulibwa Town Council LC III Chairperson,
says he has received complaints from several farmers indicating that they didn’t
receive the inputs despite paying the money as early as last year in vain. He says the project
was hijacked by unscrupulous people with connections to local politicians such
as David Kawunde, the political assistant to Agriculture Minister, Vincent
//Cue in; “Nze nsaba…..
Cue out…..wano e Kyamulibwa.”//
The Kyamulibwa Sub County
LC V Councilor, Ruth Kumugisha tasked Paul Kiyemba, the Kalungu District
Agricultural Officer to explain to the farmers the whereabouts of the inputs. She
explained that they received the project as a grand opportunity that would
improve agriculture in the area and mobilized farmers to register. She explained
that they can’t allow their efforts to be wasted by speculators.
//Cue in; “Omubbi wammwe….
On his part, the
Kalungu District Agricultural Officer blamed Sub-county agricultural officers
for accepting to be manipulated by people he described as fraudsters. He
promised to reach out to higher authorities to help them follow up the
//Cue in; “Jjunju oyogedde….
Cue out…ministry ya Agriculture.”//
the Kalungu Woman Member of Parliament has asked the affected farmers to rise
up strongly against such fraudulent acts and where possible apprehend the
perpetrators and hand them over to Police.