By Lydia Nsubuga
Mukono Deputy Resident District Commissioner Martin Mugabi has warned that political interference is fraught with killing off government’s poverty reduction intentions in the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS).
In an interview in Mukono on progress of the programme, Mr. Mugabi said politicians who want to use the programme to achieve
personal political interests especially in times of elections derail its implementation schedule.
“NAADS is viewed as a backbone of the local people to develop, and any activity short of getting it implemented as scheduled is likely to kill it before it produces desired results”, Mr. Mugabi warned.
He observed that although those monitoring have done their best to perform as expected, there are shortfalls among beneficiaries, including lack of record keeping and accountability, and traces of corruption, which he said is becoming cancerous in many sectors.
He singled out procurement of sub-standard items and quoting exaggerated costs as the major corruption elements in the programme.