Luwero district have demanded that the criteria used to allocate funds in the
Parish Development Model programme be revised.
Effective next month, the government will roll out the Parish Development model
across the 10,694 parishes in Uganda. According to the national budget, each
parish will receive 30 million shillings for the revolving fund.
Residents of a parish will be required to form Savings and Credit Cooperatives
(Saccos) to receive the funds. The parish-SACCOs under the model will lend
funds from the Parish Revolving Fund to individual households or household
collectives at a concessional interest rate.
The parish chiefs will be in charge of the initiative and these will start by
operationalizing the Parish Development Committees before implementation off of
the programme in October this year.
However, LCIII and LCV Chairpersons in Luwero have contested the criteria of
allocating uniform funds to parishes irrespective of villages and the
Pascal Imarach the LCIII Chairperson of Zirobwe town council says that some
parishes have many villages and households compared to others and it is unfair
to be allocated the same amount of money.
Imarach says that households in such bigger parishes may not access equally the
revolving fund and needs consideration.
Sperito Kiroli the LCIII Chairperson of Zirobwe sub-county says that the
government needs to do further consultation before rushing the programme saying
it may not create an impact over the gaps so far identified which include
criteria and administration of the programme.
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Erastus Kibirango the LCV Chairperson of Luwero district says that such unfair
allocation of resources has in past contributed to demand for the creation of
smaller administrative units with the hope that services will come closer to
Kibirango says that in Bamunanika sub-county, one parish has 15 villages but
will receive the same amount as others with less than four villages.
Kibirango adds that in the same district, their parishes with few households
but they have a big geographical area dominated by majorly farms.
Kibirango says that the Ministry of Finance should have allocated funds basing
on villages and households within the parish if the programme is to create
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Kisekwa Ssonko the former district councillor for Makulubita sub-county says
that two years ago while the government was piloting the same programme, about
7 parishes were selected and each received 30 million shillings in his sub-county
but only one has managed to ensure that money revolves around the residents.
Kisekwa says that in other parishes borrowers took the money and never returned
it hence depriving other people.
Kisekwa wonders how the government will ensure the programme benefits all
Rose Birungi the Luwero Resident District Commissioner says that she has picked
the concerns and it will be forwarded to the line ministry for possible
revisions or clarification so that the programme creates the intended impact.
During the 2010/2011 financial year, the office of the Prime Minister through
the Ministry of Luwero Triangle released funds to be issued to residents as
soft loans. But the office of the Prime Minister suspended the program after
many of the beneficiaries defaulted. The locals reportedly declined to return
the money, calling it a reward from the president.
In 2008, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries distributed
hundreds of head of cattle to farmers in Luwero under the livestock restocking
exercise. The beneficiaries were expected to pass over calves to other farmers
for the continuity of the program. However, the first beneficiaries of the
program sold the calves, ending the cycle without any impact.