Rose Namayanja, the Minister of Information and National Guidance has ordered Linos Ngompek, the Masaka Resident District Commissioner to recover 12 heifers that were sold off by youth leaders after receiving them as a donation from president Yoweri Museveni.
The heifers were reportedly sold off to Richard Kimera, a local farmer at 700,000 shillings each.Information obtained by our reporters shows, that government forked out at least 126 billion shillings to buy 438 heifers to empower youths in central Uganda.
Last month, Museveni donated 16 heifers to selected youths leaders in Masaka. The heifers were handed over to the beneficiaries by Joseph Kalungi, the Masaka LC 5 chairperson and Deputy RDC Joseph Ssekasamba.
However, a few days later reports emerged indicating that 12 of the 16 heifers were sold off by the beneficiaries to Kimera. Haruna Numba, the Masaka NRM Spokesperson says that the twelve heifers were at Kimera’s farm located in Bukakata.
He identified the youth leaders who had sold off their heifers as Jimmy Kibuga, James Mugwanya and Ausi Kayima and Geoffrey Kizza. On Friday, Numba clashed with Richard Kimera blows at farewell party of Jones Mugabwiire at Masaka Sports Club.
It came after Numba called for the arrest of Kimera for alleged corruption. Numba claims that the decision by Kimera to buy the animals well knowing that they were donated to the youth amounts to exploitation and corruption.
However, Kimera wouldn’t have any of this. He grabbed Numba by the neck and punched him several times until police intervened to stop the fight.
Now, Rose Namayanja, the Minister of Information and National Guidance has rushed to Masaka over the heifers. She says the animals were not meant for sale.
Namayanja has ordered Masaka district officials led by RDC Linos Ngompek to recover the animals from Kimera. Namayanja has clarified that at least 438 heifers were bought for donating to the your in central region.
Ngompek says they have already interrogated Kimera and plan to summon all the youths who benefitted from the program as part of the investigations.
Ngompek says they have expanded the investigations to Masaka district level since there are reports that animals could have been sold to Kimera before they handed to the youth leader.
Kimera says he is simply keeping the animals for the twelve beneficiaries since they didn’t have where to keep them.
But Joseph Kalungi, the Masaka LC5 Chairman says whoever benefited from the donation signed indicating that they had space to keep the cows. He says whoever did not have space was disqualified from benefiting from this project.