16 March 2014

Uganda: Gulu Boss Slams Cattle Restocking

Gulu District Chairman Martin Ojara Mapenduzi has criticised the criteria used by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) to allocate Shs 50bn meant for restocking cattle herds in northern Uganda.

Mapenduzi told The Observer last week that the selection of recipients was unfair because OPM based allocations on the number of parishes in a district. Gulu district, Mapenduzi noted, has parishes which are bigger than districts like Oyam, yet Oyam has more parishes than Gulu.

He wondered how a parish with more than 5,000 people was compared to one with 3,000 people. Cattle prices are another sticking point. Mapenduzi says one cow is valued at between Shs 800,000 and Shs 1m, yet in some places in Lango sub-region, cows cost about Shs 400,000.

He fears that the restocking scheme may end being a scam like the Shs 50 billion Peace, Recovery and Development Programme, (PRDP) money mishandled by corrupt government officials in the OPM.

Each district in the greater north will get Shs 5bn, with cows procured through OPM.

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