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
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
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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.