The planned parish development model will be implemented
with much less funds as the finance ministry agreed to slash over 290 billion
shillings from its budget.
The government had intended to spend over 490 billion
shillings on the model but it met resistance from members of Parliament.
By Friday, Finance Minister, Matia Kasaija while appearing before
Parliament’s Budget committee said he and his technocrats had decided to slash the
huge portion of the fund’s financing in the coming financial year. He said the new position follows concerns by Parliament.
MPS opposed the 490 billion funding towards the Parish Model
on account that the government was diverting funds which were meant for other
affirmative action program like PRDP and Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Program
(UWEP) among others.
Kasaija in a press conference told journalists that he had reduced the amount
tactfully looking at the resistance from members of Parliament.
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State Minister for Planning , David Bahati said since they have now agreed with
MPs, the funds will be indicated in the budget. He says that they will collect
all data that is needed to make sure the program works, which is expected to
take three months.
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Patrick Ocailap the Deputy Secretary to treasury says that the 200 billion
shillings is what remains following the removal of funding like the Uganda
Women Entrepreneurship Program-UWEP, Youth livelihood Fund, Uganda Coffee
Development Authority funding from the amalgamation and some funds of Peace
Recovery and Development Plan (PRDP) and Luwero Rwenzori Development Program to
create the parish model program.
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MPs had initially objected to the proposal saying 200 billion shillings was a
lot for the start and piloting. James Waluswaka, the Bunyole West MP proposed
that for study, reorganization and preliminary stages Finance should be given
50 billion shillings.
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However, this was overruled by the chairperson Amos Lugolobi who asked the
committee to return back with a plan before they approve the funds.
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The model is a strategy being fronted by the Government in the next financial
year for organizing and delivering public and private sector interventions for
wealth creation and employment generation at the parish level as the lowest
economic planning unit.
The program will see each of the 10,594 parishes get 39 Million Shillings in a
revolving fund. The program like many others before is intended to lift
Ugandans out of subsistence economy to the money economy, but this time around,
new Parish Chiefs will be hired to manage the Fund.