and cultural leaders in the Acholi Sub Region have asked the government to review
the Parish Development Model program.
The program is aimed at increasing household incomes and improving the quality
of life of Ugandans with a specific focus on total transformation of the
subsistence households into the money economy, as well as eradicating poverty
and vulnerability in Uganda.
The leaders say the new government strategy has some loopholes that should be
reviewed for it to be a success.
Sheikh Musa Khalil, the Acholi Muslim District Kadhi who also doubles as the
Vice-Chairperson of Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative –ARLPI says that
the Islamic community is likely not going to benefit from the financial
inclusion which is the third pillar of the Parish Development Model.
Under the third pillar, the government will operationalize and progressively
capitalize a Parish Revolving Fund in each Parish. The fund will be used by the
Parish Development Model SACCO to lend money at a 0.5 percent interest rate per
month to member-owned enterprises that are engaged in the production, storage,
value addition, processing, and marketing of agricultural enterprises.
According to Khalil, the Quran strongly condemns the Islamic faithful from
lending or paying back loans with interest and that if the government fails to
consider their concerns, the Islamic community shall be left out.
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faulted the government for delaying to establish the Islamic Banking System. He
however says the religious leaders under ARLPI are committed to actively
participating in the mindset change of the locals which is the fifth pillar of
the Parish Development Model.
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Oywak from Pader District says the government should also consider the parents
whose children are affected by the nodding syndrome. He said that they should
also be made to borrow the loans from SACCOs under friendly terms and
conditions, not at the required 0.5 percent interest rate.
Rwot Otinga Atuka Otto Yai of Lamogi Chiefdom says before disbursing out the
loans to the targeted beneficiaries, the government should first device proper
means of following up with the beneficiaries in a bid for them not to run away
with the loans as experienced in the Youth Livelihood Funds, Uganda Women
Entrepreneurship Program, among others.
He says the
community thinks the money under the Parish Development Model is a reward
following the 2021 elections.
Livingstone Amone, the Production and Investment Minister at Ker Kwaro Acholi
says the capital being given under the program is meager for the sustainability
of the strategy. Amone appealed to the Parish Development Coordination
Committee to sit a review of all the issues brought up by the different
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Anywar, the Minister of State for Water and Environment says being a new
strategy the PDM still has some loopholes that shall be addressed by the
government at an appropriate time.