By Our Reporter

KAMPALA: President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni will this Saturday launch the Parish Development Model (PDM) in Kibuku district in Eastern Uganda.

This was revealed by Faruk Kirunda the deputy press secretary to the president this afternoon  in a tweet.

”The general public should be notified that the official launch of the parish development model due to take place in Kibuku district has been postponed from Saturday, February 26th to Monday February 28th 2022,” Kirunda had earlier stated in a tweet.

Kirunda has however this afternoon tweeted that the official launch of the PDM has been maintained to the adjustments in President Museveni’s working schedule. ”Due to the adjustments in the president’s working schedule, the launch of Parish Development Model has been maintained on Saturday February 26, 2022,” He stated this afternoon in a tweet.

The launch of Shs 490 billion PDM meant to eradicate poverty through execution of development activities at the parishes, was announced by the Minister of Local Government, Hon Raphael Magyezi, during the House sitting on Tuesday, 15 February 2022 presided by Deputy Speaker Anita Among.

Magyezi said there will be launch of parish Savings and Credit Co-operative Societies (SACCOS) through which people will be able to obtain financing for development. “We have 10,594 parishes.

The money in the budget for the revolving fund is Shs 17m per parish and is with the Chief Administrative Officer,” said Magyezi.

The PDM replaces the Emyooga, a presidential initiative on wealth and job creation, was rolled out in October 2020 to support among others, market vendors, welders, taxi drivers, boda-boda riders, women and restaurant owners who come together in form of SACCOS.

According to Magyezi, the launch will include a demonstration of the parish based Management Information System and commissioning of the Community Tractor Scheme, a key pillar of the parish model that seeks to boost productivity.

The minister revealed that beneficiaries would access the funds via their SACCOs immediately after the launch and added that there are pre-launch activities on going across the country like distribution of bicycles to LC1 and LCII chairpersons and motorcycles to LCIII chairpersons.

He said government was confident in the model’s ability to catapult the economy, adding it was the first programme that binds all ministries operating at a parish level.

“This is the very first programme we are going to have where all ministries are going to participate with respect to their sectors at the parish level. You may think that production is under agriculture only but you need water, energy for processing of products and roads to transfer products to the markets” said Magyezi.


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