A total of 12219 of Girinka beneficiaries have sold donations without giving heifers back to communities while 929 beneficiaries refused to hand heifers to others, a report released by the coordinator of Girinka program in Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB), Dr Pascal Nyabinwa has revealed.
Dr Pascal Nyabinwa revealed this in a meeting aimed at developing new policies in executing programs meant to promote welfare of vulnerable citizens.
Under the new policies, government officials are supposed to collaborate with civil society organizations to fast-track the expansion of Girinka and VUP programs to citizens.
Dr Nyabinwa explained that they have taken tough measures that led to recovering 90% of stolen cows.
“As I said, some Girinka cows were stolen while others were sold. Some of the culprits have been pursued while 90% of people who had not passed on heifers to their peers have done so,” he said.
Dr Nyabinwa said that others that sold cows without passing on to the next in chain have signed agreements with RAB to do so.
Girinka program was launched 10 years ago in 2006 by President Paul Kagame targeting to distribute 350,000 cows to poor households by 2017. So far 76% of the target has been attained.
The representative of civil society in Rwanda Governance Board (RGB), Theo Mutabazi said that civil society organizations will have a great role to play in such programs to correct what went wrong.