In Hoima district, 840 million shillings were received to facilitate the operations of the parish development model but Charles Kajura, the district focal person for the Programme says they could not disburse it to the various parishes over a lack of implementation guidelines. In Bukwo district, Resident District Commissioner Hashaka Mpimbaza says that Chief Administrative Officer has failed to disclose how much funds were disbursed for the programme.
Billions of Shillings disbursed to the districts for the Parish
Development Model programme are still lying idle just months before the end of the
In February this year, President Yoweri Museveni
launched the Parish Development Model (PDM) at Kibuku Primary School, Kibuku
District in Bukedi Sub-region.
The Parish Development Model (PDM) aims at helping
people from the parish level to increase their household incomes and join the
Before the launching of the PDM, the districts had received funds to
start off the implementation of the programme but they are yet to release them to parishes, raising
fears that they may be returned to the consolidated fund at end of the financial year.
In Butebo district, the Parish Development Model Focal
person Joseph Kalyebi told URN that the district formed 61 groups which were
presented for launch by the President but only six groups have received 17.3 million shillings each. He said that they are training other groups to prepare them
to get the money which is available at the district accounts.
In Hoima district, 840
million Shillings were received to facilitate the operations of the parish development
model but Charles Kajura, the district focal person for Programme, says they could not disburse it to the various
parishes over a lack of implementation guidelines.
He says that they are still waiting for implementing guidelines
from the ministries of Gender, Finance, Local government and
the Office of the President on how to form the PDM SACCOs at the parish levels.
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The situation is not different in Luwero, Kyotera and
Kitgum among other districts.
Isaac Wampamba the Luwero District Secretary for Finance
explained that recruitment of parish chiefs was done and now they are
mobilizing parishes to form committees to kickstart the programme. Wampamba however notes that the available money can’t be
disbursed to Parishes till they receive the guidelines.
Musasizi, the Kyotera District Communication Officer said that the Chief
Administrative Officer is also still waiting for implementation guidelines.
In Kitgum, the district has so far received 646.3 million for
the programme but Denis Ocira the Focal Person for the programme blamed the non-utilization on the lack of the same guidelines.
In Bukwo district, Resident District Commissioner
Hashaka Mpimbaza says that Chief Administrative Officer has failed to disclose how much funds were disbursed for the programme.
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In Amuru district,
a total of 520.7 million Shillings has been received so far for the programme.
Out of the
release, 346.4 million shillings was meant for the revolving fund, 29 million Shillings for Administrative cost, 79.5 million shillings for staff cost, and
65.7 million shillings for gadget and tools.
But the Chief
Administrative Officer Thomson Obong says they are yet to come up with the
groups that will benefit from the Parish Development Model (PDM) in all the 52
Parishes in the district.
that the Finance Ministry also directed them not to spend funds meant for
revolving funds and tools and equipment since there are no structures.
In Gulu District, a
total of 140.6 million Shillings have been received of which, 64 million
shillings are meant for staff costs, 15.2 million Shillings for administrative
costs for Sub-county, 8.2 million shillings for district administrative costs and
52.6 million Shillings for tools and equipment.
Ateker, the District Chairperson says that the government has promised send to funds for enterprises in the fourth quarter.
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Recently the Permanent Secretary of
the Ministry of Finance Ramathan Ggoobi halted release of PDM funds for the third quarter
and asked the Ministry of Local Government to fast track the release of implementation
guidelines, creation of enterprise groups and recruitment of parish chiefs
among other issues.
Early this week the Minister of
Gender, Labour and Social Development Betty Among said that her Ministry had
completed developing operational manuals and trained specialists to support
the rollout of the programme.
The government is supposed to send 17million Shillings per parish this financial year and 100 million Shillings are
planned for the next financial year for the same parishes under Parish Development Model.
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.