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MPs have learnt that the recently launched Parish Development Model (PDM) is operating without a policy framework, warning that the Government is bound to lose billions in this program.

The Legislators noted that although they are not opposed to the program, the Government should explain the policy and the guidelines followed in releasing part of the funds to SACCOs in some parishes.

The Deputy Speaker, Anita Among who chaired the Plenary Sitting on 1st March 2022, tasked Government to present before Parliament a comprehensive policy and guidelines on PDM for scrutiny.

“I want the ministers in charge to lay guidelines on the Parish Development Model which will be sent to the committee for scrutiny. We need our people to get the money, but it must be got correctly,” Among said.

She demanded that MPs be at the centre stage in the implementation of the project and noted that there was the need for MPs to play their oversight role to ensure accountability and value for money.

Bukooli Central MP, Solomon Silwany had raised concern over the unclear circumstances under which Post Bank was contracted to manage the disbursement of funds to the parishes. 

The Parish Development Model (PDM) is the last-mile strategy for service delivery by the Government of Uganda for improving the incomes and welfare of Ugandans.

It is an extension of the whole-of-Government approach to development as envisioned in National Development Plan III, with the Parish as the lowest administrative and operational hub for planning, budgeting, reporting and delivery of interventions for bringing delivery services closer to the people and hence foster local economic development.

The goal of PDM is to increase household food security and incomes and improve the quality of life of Ugandans with a specific focus on the total transformation of society both on-farm and off-farm, rural and urban settings.

The overall objective of the PDM is to increase the effectiveness of infrastructure and service delivery, including agricultural extension and social services, in order to accelerate the realization of the long-term goal of socio-economic transformation. The immediate target is to move 39% of the households out of subsistence production into the money economy in the next five years.

Bukimbiri County MP, Eddie Kwizera Wa-Gahungu underscored the need for Parliament to debate the policies for proper management and accountability of the programme.

The Leader of Opposition, Mathias Mpuuga emphasized the need for the Minister for Local Government to present a policy that should be debated by the House.

He was concerned that the Shs100 million to be given to every parish was not alive to the population sizes in the parishes. He proposed for proper scrutiny of the entire framework of the project be it is rolled out.

In response to the concern raised by members, the Minister of State for Finance (General Duties), Henry Musasizi noted that all the money for PDM would be direct disbursed from the Finance ministry to the bank accounts of each parish without any intermediaries.