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Dev't Equalization Grant Beneficiaries in Otuke Reject Poor Quality Goats

In the last financial year, Otuke District Local Government signed an agreement with Alfonse Line Ltd to deliver 62 goats valued at 150,000 Shillings each.
Locals help the supplier load the goats back unto the truck.

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Residents of Olilim Sub County, Otuke District have rejected goats delivered to them under the Development Discretionary Equalization Grant (DDEG).

The DDEG is a revolving program targeting the poor and unemployed youth. It focuses on Agriculture and the projects invested are income-generating projects like farming, poultry and value addition.

In the last financial year, Otuke District Local Government signed an agreement with Alfonse Line Ltd to deliver 62 goats valued at 150,000 Shillings each.

However, on Thursday the beneficiaries have declined to receive the goats saying they are of poor quality and sickly.

Some of the angry beneficiaries argued that the goats are too young and sickly to survive under their care. They argue that the supplier was given money to purchase reasonably grown goats instead of young goats.

Voxpop Luo.

//Cue in “Dyegi ajo akobo…

Cue out: … poki wa dyegi.”//

Okwir Dyegi, a resident of Got- Ojwang parish says that the goats have no value for money.

He claims that each goat could have been purchased at 25,000 Shillings and not 150,000 Shillings as indicated in the contract.

Luo byte:

//Cue in: “Budget jo oketo…

Cue out: … wot tii kede.”//

Translation:

“Olilim sub-county had budgeted for each goat to be bought at 150,000/-but this man brought goats which I’m sure he bought at 25,000/- each because I am a businessman who specifically deals in buying and selling goats in Lira City. We suggested to him that since he brought small goats, he should give each person an additional 50,000/- but he refused! He told us to watch out after 5 years he will be having many goats out of these and we told him to go with the animals.” Francis Otyam, the LCIII Chairperson of Olilim Sub County says that the supplier will only receive his payment upon delivering good breeds.

Luo byte:

//Cue in: “An kede otedero…

Cue out: … te wot pacu.”//

Translation:

“I and my local people refused to receive the goats because they are very small. We budgeted for big goats which would cost at least 150,000/- but I do not think what the supplier brought are more than 4 months old and for that reason, I blame the DVO for recommended the poor quality goats for the community. How do they expect the community to look after these animals? So I told the contractor to take the animals back and only deliver when he has good quality. The good news is that his money is still in the sub county’s general fund account and we shall have an emergency meeting to inform the sub-county chief not to pay him.”

But Francis Okello, the supplier says that they failed to purchase quality goats due to the closure of livestock markets.

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