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Kitgum Parish Development Model Beneficiaries Pin Parish Chiefs on Extortion

It is alleged that the grassroots officers manning the program are soliciting bribes from different groups in exchange for benefitting from the programme, a new initiative intended to drive households at the parish level into the money economy.

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A section of Parish Chiefs in Kitgum district have come on the spot over allegations of extortion and receiving bribes from beneficiaries of the Parish Development Model (PDM) program. 

It is alleged that the grassroots officers manning the program are soliciting bribes from different groups in exchange for benefitting from the programme, a new initiative intended to drive households at the parish level into the money economy.

In Lumule parish, Kitgum Matidi Sub County, a section of beneficiary group members are accusing their parish chief of conniving with some unsuccessful groups promising to help them to access the funds.

Richard Odong, one of the concerned group members alleges that the parish chief is holding secret meetings with selected group members asking them for money, to allow him to change the tide in their favour.

According to Odong, the implicated officer has deliberately refused to hold community meetings for the selection of beneficiary groups and instead invites and meets his preferred groups in town. A number of them, he says, have paid him between 300,000 to 1 million Shillings.

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Stella Atim, the Chairperson of one of the groups in Lagoro Sub County accuses the Sub County officials of eliminating genuine groups and considering their preferred groups based on segregation and sectarianism. According to Atim, despite possession of all prerequisites, their group was eliminated because they declined to offer a bribe to the parish chief but only succeeded after notifying the office of the RDC.

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Kitgum Resident District Commissioner William Komakech acknowledges receiving complaints. He says that they are now investigating the claims upon which disciplinary action will be taken against the complicated officials.

Komakech applauded the community for standing against corruption by openly reporting such corrupt tendencies that he says compromise the PDM and other government programs meant to eliminate poverty and cause social transformation in the communities.

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