In the coming financial year 2022/2023, government has allocated 465 billion Shillings for the Parish Development Model. President Yoweri Museveni told MPs last year that government plans to allocate 100 million Shillings to every parish for the implementation of the Development Model and this would require a total of 1 trillion Shillings budgetary allocation for the 10,595 parishes.
The Civil Society
Budget Advocacy Group – CSBAG has called for the halting of the nationwide roll-out
of the Parish Development Model, saying that the country is not ready to
implement the project.
year, Cabinet approved the implementation of the Parish Development Model as a
delivery strategy for transitioning households out of the subsistence to income
coming financial year 2022/2023, the government has allocated 465 billion Shillings
for the Parish Development Model.
However, some entities
of government have since complained that a number of activities to help in the
implementation of the model remain unfunded. For example, Chris Baryomunsi, the Minister of Information
Communication Technology and National Guidance recently requested Parliament’s
Committee on ICT for 70.6 billion Shillings to implement the Model through
developing a community information system.
the Model, the ICT Ministry is charged with the responsibility of spearheading
Pillar 5 of the model that deals with ‘Community data’. This involves setting
up the Parish Development Management Information System (PDMIS) to validate
information on the beneficiaries, evaluate the livelihood and standards of
living of people and track the progress and performance of the different
pillars so as to report real-time implementation of the programme.
Yoweri Museveni told MPs last year that government plans to allocate 100
million Shillings to every parish for the implementation of the Parish
Development Model and this would require a total of 1 trillion Shillings
budgetary allocation for the 10,595 parishes.
Now, while appearing before Parliament’s Budget Committee
on Friday, Julius Mukunda, the Executive Director CSBAG told MPs that although
the Model is a good idea, Uganda is not yet ready to implement it. Mukunda says
that there are still a number of issues that need to be streamlined like availability
and training of the parish chiefs.
who appeared before the committee to
present a position paper on the National Budget Framework Paper for next
financial year, 2022/2023, warned that Uganda risks losing a lot of funds if the
money is sent to parishes when not ready.
suggested that the Parish Development Model
is instead piloted in a few districts, as government organizes itself to
implement the program fully.
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followed an inquiry by the Budget Committee Vice Chairperson, Ignatius
Wamakuyu who asked for CSBAG’s opinion on the readiness of Parish Development
Model roll out.
Wamakuyu’s committee recently noted that it would
recommend for more funding to the Model to ensure its smooth implementation.
Meanwhile, the CSBAG
also proposed to the Budget Committee for an enactment of a law providing for a
standard government price list for goods and services in order to improve value
for money and equitable distribution of services in the country and also reduce
“The public sector
accounts for a large share of public expenditure with over 50% of the national
budget being expended through public procurement," said Mukunda."However, we note that unit
costs within government Ministries, Departments and Agencies –MDAs and Local
Governments vary yet the quality and standards are in most cases the same.”
He added that there is
also a lack of enforcement of the national standards for procurement of goods
and services which leads to more wastage of government resources and
Mukunda proposed that
parliament demands for an annual National pricelist from the Public Procurement
and Disposal of Public Assets -PPDA that should regularly be updated, audited
and enforced by government. He also proposed a National Standards Compliance
Report from all accounting officers on an annual basis.
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Also proposed by CSBAG is a requirement by
parliament for approved strategic plans from MDAs and Local Governments to
facilitate planning and budgeting.
“In line with the National Development Plan III,
all MDAs and Local Governments are expected to submit strategic plans to
National Planning Authority and have them approved,"said Mukunda. "However, as we get into the
third year of implementation, only 81 MDAs have submitted and had approved,
16 have submitted but are not yet approved, 10 are submitted and under review, while 61 strategic plans are not yet even submitted, which affects the foundation
of planning and budgeting.”
He said that the lack of approved strategic plans
hampers the efforts of the NDP III to increase coordination and harmonization
among programs, create better linkage of resources to results and reduce ‘silo’
approach to implementation across stakeholders and programs.
Wilfred Niwagaba, the
Ndorwa East MP welcomed the proposal by CSBAG saying that budgets for the 61
MDAs that have not yet submitted strategic plans should not be considered.
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The Civil Society Group
also recommended to MPs that accounting officers who perpetually request for
supplementary budgets due to poor planning be relieved of their duties since
the act undermines the credibility of the annual planning and budgeting cycle
and drawing resources away from critical national development priorities.
This financial year
2021/2022, the total supplementary budget amounts to 3.819 trillion Shillings, so far.