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Michael Opiyoko, the LC2 Chairperson of Osep, one of the affected parishes in Ngariam Sub County says that he is surprised by the developments in the district that have seen more than 700 people in his parish miss PDM cash.
Geoffrey Omolo, Katakwi LCV addressing the coomunity in Okore.

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More than 10 parishes in Katakwi district have failed to access the Parish Development Model (PDM) cash because of the alleged existence of ghost beneficiaries. The affected parishes are located in the three sub-counties of Magoro, Ngariam, and Okore. 

The most affected Okore sub-county with seven parishes, followed by Magoro with three and Ngariam with two parishes, according to the Katakwi LCV Chairperson, Geoffrey Omolo. Information in the district indicates that all the parishes were created between 2011- 2017. However, when the government launched the PDM program in February 2022, the said parishes were declared “ghosts” and the residents there have since failed to access the PDM cash.

Michael Opiyoko, the LC2 Chairperson of Osep, one of the affected parishes in Ngariam Sub County says that he is surprised by the developments in the district that have seen more than 700 people in his parish miss PDM cash. Opiyoko says that his parish has participated in the last two general elections and has stamps designated by the district but shocked to hear that they are in a ghost parish. Osep with seven villages doesn’t have any beneficiary of the PDM program.

“We voted here, they even gave us stamps as local leaders but we wonder why we have been removed from the lists of beneficiaries on claims that we are in non-existing administrative units. Why is the government denying us only PDM Money? My people are not happy at all,” he said.

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Patrick Okol, the LC1 Chairperson of Asogol village in Aedepus, another affected parish in Ngariam Sub County says that the community has mounted pressure on him asking why they have not benefited from the PDM. He says that his parish has been benefitting from all other government programs including the distribution of bicycles, mosquito nets, seeds, and citrus including boreholes with all the elected leaders in place.

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The Katakwi LCV Chairperson, Geoffrey Omolo, says that the omission of the 12 parishes from PDM is creating suspicion of alleged malice from members of the community on their leaders. He notes that the decision to exempt the said parishes from PDM was communicated from Kampala because the said parishes were ghosts. According to Omolo, the said parishes have been in existence and were created by his predecessors, although insecurity affected settlements in the past.

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Omolo added that much as the district received money for all the 109 parishes in the district, they have not been able to release money for the affected parishes because of the contention in their existence. Katakwi launched the disbursement of PDM cash in June 2023 where more than UGX. 6.2 billion was paid to beneficiaries. 

When contacted, the Katakwi Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Paul Walakira said that they working on the matter to ensure that all the parishes receive PDM cash. “I know there are few parishes that missed PDM. We sat as a technical committee together with the security teams and agreed on action points to ensure that all people get PDM. Initially, some of the occupants in the affected parishes had migrated from their homes due to insecurity then but some have since resettled,’ he said on the phone.