Public Accounts Committee investigating Shs32.6 billion spent on recruiting 5000 extension workers.
Members of parliament sitting on the public accounts committee (PAC) have demanded the ministry of agriculture a list of agriculture extension workers to be handed over to parliament as they investigate whether 32.6 billion shillings was spent in the recruitment of 5000 extension worker in the financial year 2017/18
This as they were interfacing with the ministry of Agriculture officials on the expenditures of the financial year 2017/18.
The committee members noted that the ministry was supposed to recruit 5000 extension workers to support the operation of district agriculture extension services to farmers but only 3377 recruited.
The committee chaired man Nandala Mafabi said that the committee should be availed with the list of all the extension workers in all districts to examine whether there was value for money allegedly spent on this recruitment and get to know if they exist as reported by the ministry of Agriculture.
He said that a list of them should show their districts and their personal names to establish which districts do not have extension workers and get a solution.
In the financial year 2017/18 39.6 bn shillings was budgeted but only 32 bn was released and 7.3 bn was not released by the ministry of finance
The committee also grilled the ministry officials led by the permanent secretary Pius Wakabi over none titled land meant for vegetable oil development projects in Buvuma and Kalangala districts.
MPS on the committee noted that at time of audit land measuring 5,857 hectares worth 52 bn shillings did not have land titles which exposes such land to risks of disputes ,loss and encroachments.
In this, the committee promised to summon the BIDCO investor to give hear his side over this and how it has affected his work.