Residents in Ruramira Sector in Kayonza District accuse their neighbors to forge new techniques in selling cows provided in Girinka Policy, where they sell them and start to call for help to recover their cows as if they were stolen.
Talking to Bwiza.com, a resident at Nkamba Cell expressed his disappointment over the beneficiaries’ intention to sell cows which are supposed to provide back up to their quest for development lying that their cows were robbed.
He said, “Cows in our cell are getting sold, I also heard of it in neighboring Bugambira Cell. But it is not something we should appreciate that they keep getting sold and let those who sell feel like they did something right. They have to be punished instead. The government wants people to grow them for development purposes but they end up preferring money at the expense of cows”
Another resident complained to the government of how the cows are given to people who wanted them less than those who were ignored to benefit from the police, which the reason why they chose to sell them and lie that they were robbed.
He said, “Some people are given cows and instead of growing them, they sell them. So far, at least 4 cows have been sold in Nkamba Cell. Sometimes cows are given to them whereas they did not show intention to receive them. Those who are in charge of distributing Girinka cows should assess the beneficiaries’ current behavior before they receive the cows”.
However, the district administration appears unaware of what people say about the issue, whether right or not, as Jean Claude Murenzi, the Mayor of Kayonza District, said they are going to dig deeper about.
He said, “The fact that people sell the [Girinka] cows is something new to us. Should it be happening, there justice is there to do its job on those who get involved because beneficiaries are not allowed to sell them”
Although the Mayor says he is not aware of it, during the closing ceremony of Girinka Week in Bugesera District back on April 5th , Judith Kazayire, the Eastern Province Governor, warned local authorities to take more serious care about this policy, and always check if beneficiaries are treating cows well because they were provided to support Rwandans towards sustainable development.
She said, “The policy was put in place to help Rwandans get milk and manure to increase their harvest targeting economic welfare. He have recently heard of people who cut Girinka cows, others sell them while some cows are also getting stolen. It is not a kind thing for a responsible authority to hear such incidents and keep quiet”.
“Girinka” programme was introduced by President Paul Kagame in 2008, targeting specifically vulnerable families by donating cows to them to help them improve their economic welfare. So far the programme has reached 87, 228 only in Eastern Province, with the number set to increase to 101, 179 by 2017.
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