Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi has warned local leaders against politicising the distribution of government hoes.
The government has embarked on distribution of 18m hand hoes across the country as part of the fulfilment of President Yoweri Museveni’s 2016 election manifesto to support agricultural production.
But the Vice President said some local council leaders are only distributing the hoes to members of their political parties, leaving out others.
He said agriculture is still significant in the development of the country and hence the spirited efforts by government to provide seeds and farm implements to the people.
Mr Ssekandi was speaking during the government agricultural farm implements roll out programme for the country in Bukoto Central constituency, Masaka district, on Wednesday.
The Vice President said distributing the items basing on party patronage may further divide the people.
He said government works for the well-being of all Ugandans irrespective of political affiliation.
The Chairman Kyanamukaka sub county Ssebula Mesach told Mr Ssekandi that some residents allege that the new coffee seedlings being supplied are intended for eventual use as firewood but not for coffee and that the supplied rice seed cannot sprout for being plastic.
Ssekandi urged Ugandans to seriously engage in all Poverty eradication programmes saying that government only plays a small role while the bigger role to self-sustenance depends on the individual and their respective families.
While in Kyesiiga subcounty the LC3 Speaker, Baale Mudasiru introduced a group of youth to the Vice President who had voluntarily joined the NRM given the visible development in the area like the new Emirates hospital, a vocational youth empowering centre, power extension to the area among others.
The Vice President distributed over 20,000 hoes to the people to boost their daily ploughing activities.