from the West Nile region have ordered an audit into the Arua City Parish
Development Model (PDM) funds over alleged irregularities.
They accuse the city officials among others of irregularly forming PDM
groups and disbursing money to unregistered SACCOs which is contrary to the guidelines of the program.
On Monday, the ministers led by Grace Kwiyucwiny, the State Minister for
Northern Uganda issued the directive during a sensitization meeting for Arua
city and Arua district officials about the program.
Trouble started after Sam Wadri Nyakua, the Mayor of Arua City expressed
disappointment over the criteria used by the city officials to select the 54
SACCOs that are meant to benefit from the program.
Wadri, there is a high possibility that the officials handpicked some existing
SACCOs which is contrary to the PDM guidelines.
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It emerged that, out of the 54 approved SACCOs, Arua city officials had
disbursed 17 Million Shillings to 33 SACCOs despite the fact that only 18 of the
recipient SACCOs were dully registered with the registrar of cooperatives, a
key requirement for the implementation of the program.
When tasked to explain how the city was able to open bank accounts for the
unregistered SACCOs, Emmanuel Angudubo, the Ayivu Division Town Clerk said that
the groups were issued registration certificates by division authorities to
open accounts. This however angered the ministers who argued that the city
officials acted contrary to the stipulated guidelines.
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Evelyn Anite, the State Minister of Finance in charge of Privatization and Investment,
says the audit will mainly cover three major areas which among others include,
the irregular formation of PDM Saccos in the city.
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Moriku, the State Minister for Education says they will not allow Arua city
authorities to mess up the program which aims to lift poor households out of
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2021/2022 financial year, Arua city received 564 million shillings for the
implementation of the PDM out of which 561 million shillings have already been
disbursed to 33 beneficiary groups.
The Parish Development model is being implemented under seven pillars which
among others include Production, Storage, Processing, and Marketing, social
services, infrastructure, and economic services. It also has aspects of
financial inclusion as part of the pillars. It is supposed to be a Parish
revolving fund whose beneficiaries will get low-cost loans for investment in