Government Directs Inclusion of Locals in Underserved Parishes in Development Program

KAMPALA, (UG)-Government has directed that locals in the new parishes that were not captured under the Parish Development Model (PDM) program be allowed to benefit from their mother parishes until the anomaly is resolved.

According to the State Minister for finance (general duties) and Rubanda County East legislator, Henry Ariganyira Musasizi, Rubanda district has 70 parishes yet only 69 are benefiting from the PDM.

Musasizi stated that the local government and finance ministries have agreed that the people in the new parish of Bunyonyi Ward who missed out on PDM funds should benefit from their mother Kagarama parish until the anomaly is resolved, a directive that applies to all the affected parishes in the country.

The minister who was conducting a public hearing on the implementation of the PDM at Hamuhambo Town Council in the same district on Friday, also warned the project committee members against asking for land as security from the intending beneficiaries, and deleting the names of some PDM beneficiaries from the lists and replacing them with their relatives or friends.

Musasizi warned that the culprits shall be arrested as their actions defeat the main objective of the programme to alleviate the 39% subsistence population into the money economy.