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Operation Wealth Creation seeds stolen in Nakaseke

By Frederick Kiwanuka

Added 22nd March 2017 11:39 AM

1900kgs of maize seeds were delivered but vanished after two days

Close to two tonnes of maize seeds that were dispatched to Kikamulo sub county under government’s Operation Wealth Creation program, have gone missing from the sub county stores.

The seeds which were supposed to be supplied to farmers for this season, reportedly disappeared from the stores two days after they had been delivered.

The area field officer, Col. John Byuma, said on Tuesday that he delivered 1900kgs of maize seeds, but was surprised to hear from Kkikamulo sub county chief, Ali Jjingo, that the entire consignment had gone missing from the stores.

Nakaseke District Police Commander, Justus Asiimwe on Tuesday confirmed the disappearance of the seeds.

He said Police in Nakaseke had recorded statements from Jingo and the LC3 chairman, Senteza Mwebe.

Asiimwe said Police was yet to arrest the culprits as it continued with investigations.

Nakaseke LC5 chairman Ignatius Koomu blamed the disappearance of the seeds on negligence on the part of Kikamulo sub county authorities.

Koomu urged Police to investigate the theft to its conclusion so as to bring the suspects to book.

Several residents are crying foul after they cleared their plots in readiness for the ongoing planting season.

Edward Namaye, a resident of Mbukiro village said he had prepared 12 acres of land, expecting to get free seeds, but was disappointed to learn that the expected seeds had gone missing from the sub county store.

Namaye said he was planning to buy his own seeds from shops, but was sceptical about the quality of seeds on the open market.

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