Members of Parliament have disagreed over the selective distribution
of hand hoes.
Appearing before the committee on Budget to present the committee report of the
Agriculture sector, the Agriculture Committee chairperson Janet Grace Okori-moe
was tasked by MPs to explain the procurement of hoes and why only selective MPs were
given hoes for their constituents.
The matter was first raised by Dokolo Woman MP Cecilia Ogwal who
questioned the whereabouts of the hoes since many MPs did not receive the hoes.
According to Ogwal, two years ago MPs were given 100 hoes each, but since
Parliament passed the budget for hoes in 2018, there are more requests for
Ogwal alleges that the hoes were selectively given to MPs and Ministers who are close to the Government. She says that communities in Dokolo did not
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However, Solomon Silwanyi, the MP Bukooli Central MP who is also a commissioner
of Parliament dismissed the allegations. He asked the chairperson Patrick Isiagi to
rule Ogwal out of order saying hoes were distributed fairly.
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The MPs had complained earlier that hoes were being given in their constituents
without their involvement, but Government later decided to give the MPs hoes to
According to Okori-moe, 800,000 hoes were procured and the requested the
Minister to distribute them through the leaders. She said both
her and members of the committee were not aware on the procedure of getting the
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The Committee, however, did not come to a conclusion on the matter of the hoes,
as they were scheduled to meet other stakeholders.
Attempts to contact the Agriculture Minister Vincent Ssempijja to
comment on the matter were futile.
President Yoweri Museveni in his 2016 election manifesto promised
to avail hoes to every household to support agricultural production.