By Pascal Onega
BULIISA: Tobacco farmers in Buliisa district Bunyoro sub region Western Uganda have expressed disappointments after receiving ghost money through their mobile money.
Last month, tobacco farmers from Hoima, Kikuube, Masindi, Kibaale and Kiryandongo among other districts were verified by the government to enable clear payment after tobacco companies failed to pay them.
The farmers sold their tobacco to NIMA Tabba Uganda limited and Continental Uganda limited on credit. Since 2018, they had not yet received their money.
Apparently, after the verification, payments of tobacco farmers was to be done either through mobile money or bank account. However tobacco farmers are said to have got messages from telecommunication companies through the mobile money services, but the money was not reflected on their accounts.
Some of the farmers who spoke to ugreports on condition of anonymity say they received money deposited onto their mobile money accounts but when they went to make withdraws the next day, they did not find any money on their accounts.
”I received money on my mobile money, but when i went to withdraw it the next day, it wasn’t there,” they asserted.
But reliable sources reaching our news room indicate that, those who made the withdraw transactions the same date and those who had submitted their bank accounts got their money.
”When i got the mobile money message, i immediately withdrew the money,” the source disclosed.
Peter Oketch the chairperson Biiso tobacco farmers association who also doubles as the Mayor Biiso town council says, he is suspecting the ministry to have made some errors in depositing money because some farmers received more than what they were supposed to be paid.
”I suspect the money to have been withdrawn by the ministry since some people had received what they were not supposed to receive,” Oketch suspects.
The chairperson therefore asks farmers to remain calm saying they will contact the concerned office to make sure the error is rectified to enable them get clear payments.
Efforts to get a comment from Dison Kasisaki the Buliisa District Commercial Officer was futile since his known phone number was unavailable by the time of publication.
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