Interfering with government social protection program is most likely to cost a Kigarama village, Kamonyi district resident his freedom after it was discovered that he sold off a family heifer without consulting his wife. The unfortunate scenario unfolded over the weekend in Kamonyi District, when a woman dragged her husband to police after learning that the latter had sold their only family cow donated to them by the government under the GirInka programme.
The woman identified as Jeannette Nyirashimimana, discovered a small calf in the kraal which her husband, John Tugirimana, had bought without her consent. She hurriedly asked her husband where the calf came from and where the family heifer was.
In the process, Nyirashimimana leant that her husband had sold the heifer and bought a calf. Although Nyirashimimana didnt endorse the sale, she expected her husband to have saved some money from the trade but unfortunately, he didnt have any money on him. Upon learning about the shoddy deal, the seemingly unhappy Nyirashimimana reported her husband to police.
According to the Southern Region Police Spokesperson, Inspector of Police (IP) Emmanuel Kayigi, police immediately started the investigation that indeed proved that Tugirimana connived with two local leaders to sell the cow which was later slaughtered.
Tugirimana together with Martin Dushimimana who is in charge of social development in Kigarama village and Emmanuel Rukundo who is in charge of the security in the same village sold the cow to Emmanuel Yatubabariye (a village chief of Remera village) who immediately slaughtered it which is also illegal because he doesnt own an abattoir.
The trio shared the money from sale and slaughter and to cover up the shoddy deal, Tugirimana bought a small calf from the market and took it home to replace it with the sold cow. "However, we are still investigating the case for more details but at the moment, the trio are held at Rukoma Police station," said IP Kayigi.
The suspects will be arraigned before court and charged with abuse and misappropriation of the Girinka programme cow.
The Girinka project, an anti poverty government programme aims at giving a cow to every poor family. Under the programme, when the first cow calves, the calf is passed on to a poor person in the neighbourhood until everyone who deserves, receives a cow.
In her complaint to the police, Nyirashimimana said that her husband denied the community the benefits by selling the heifer that was due to conceive while her family was particularly denied the opportunity of getting milk from the cow.
The Girinka programme was set up with the central aim of reducing child malnutrition rates and increasing household incomes of poor families. These goals are directly achieved through increased access to, and consumption of milk, by providing poor households with a heifer.
Girinka programme was launched 11years ago with a target to distribute 350,000 cows to poor households by 2017.