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The seeds have, however, failed to germinate.
The beneficiaries of this project have now started decampaigning the Minister in churches and other public places accusing him of being “a political liar”.
On open market, a kilogramme of Longe 5 maize seed costs Shs 3000 and the six tonnes given out are estimated to cost Shs 18m.
Kyamanywa Muhamudu, a resident of Kyakamese, says that “tax payers’ money meant for NAADS programme was used to procure the seeds through Members of Parliament but they are not following proper selection procedures to identify the beneficiary and instead the Minister is giving the seeds to his political mobilisers at parish level which is discriminative”.
He disclosed that since they planted the seeds two weeks ago, they have never germinated despite the fact that it is raining.
Minister Zerubabel, however, spent this weekend apologising.
He ran radio announcements on local radios promising to procure the genuine seeds for the farmers.
“I didn’t know that the seeds I gave you were fake. After realising that mistake, I have now procured another seed for you,” Zerubabel’s announcement reads in parts.
He attributed the problem to counterfeit seeds on the market throughout the country but warned people against politicising the issue.