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Acholi Leaders Want Large Parishes Allocated Additional Funds in New Program

Some leaders in Acholi have argued that before the disbursement, the government should consider allocating the funds based on the population size in a particular parish.
12 Oct 2021 16:42
Henry Musasizi, the State Minister for Finance in-charge of General Duties speaking to reporters at Bomah Hotel accompanied by Rev Fr Peter Onen the Gulu East Division MP - Photo by Dominic Ochola

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Leaders in Acholi have asked the Government to equitably allocate funds for the Parish Development Model to the beneficiaries.

The model aims at uplifting over 68 per cent of Uganda’s peasantry population engulfed in poverty and subsistence economy into middle-class income earners.

Currently, there are 10,595 parishes across 146 districts in the country. The government will disburse more than 1 Trillion Shillings to implement the project and each parish will receive 100 million shillings.

However, some leaders in Acholi have argued that before the disbursement, the government should consider allocating the funds based on the population size in a particular parish.

The Gulu District Speaker Phoebe Ayoo Obol, who doubles as Woman Councilor for Patiko and Owor Sub-Counties pointed out that if the disbursement is done as of now, it would be for areas that include Patiko Sub-County that has only two parishes with 19,742 people.

George Ocan, the Opara Sub-County Male LCV Councilor in Amuru District compares the parish model program to the Women Entrepreneurship Programme - UWEP, the Youth Livelihood Programme - YLP, and Emyooga that many beneficiaries missed due to people’s poor attitudes.

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Rev. Fr Charles Onen, the Pece-Laroo Division MP in Gulu City observed that there are some parishes in the country with a very high population and allocating them the same amount of project money would be unfair.

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Henry Musasizi, the State Minister for Finance in charge of General Duties in the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development says that the Government has earmarked 200 Billion Shillings in Financial Year 2021/2021 to cater for implementation of the program which includes the recruitment of Parish Chiefs.

Musasizi pointed out that the PDM is premised under seven pillars such as production, processing and marketing, infrastructure and economic services and financial inclusion, governance and administration; social services, Information Communication Technology – ICT and mindset change.

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The government says the Parish model strategy will ensure more jobs are created and support more Ugandans to increase their demand for goods and services through the delivery of public and private sector interventions for wealth creation.