Justice Owiny-Dollo says that the design of the Parish Development Model doesn’t take into consideration that Acholi Sub-region underwent 25 years of armed conflict, the longest any region in the country experienced.
Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo has criticized the Chief
Coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) Gen. Salim Saleh (rtd) over the
designs of the Parish Development Model, saying that it’s unfair to Acholi Sub-region.
Justice Owiny-Dollo says that the design of the Parish
Development Model doesn’t take into consideration that Acholi Sub-region underwent 25
years of armed conflict, the longest any region in the country experienced.
The Parish Development model is one of the latest
programmes initiated by the National Resistance Movement led government with the aim of addressing
the poverty situation at the rural level. It extends the whole-of-government
approach for development to the parish level as the lowest level unit for
planning and development.
He says rolling out government programs in
Acholi region on the same level with other areas in the country that never went
through such experience wouldn’t address the problems the region has faced. Justice Owiny-Dollo
suggested that the designers of the programme would have developed a village
model instead of a Parish model for the Acholi Sub-region.
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Justice Owiny-Dollo made the remarks while
responding to Gen Saleh’s remarks at the send-off of former Deputy Inspector General of Police Lt. Gen. Paul Lokech in
Pader District last week. Gen Salim told locals
that the Parish Development model is an initiative he participated in designing
and has been on the tables of the government for the last 15 years.
He says the parish Development model is the only
way the government can get services to the Population in the rural areas and
asked the leaders in the region to rally behind it for the development of
Acholi. According to Gen. Saleh, already 100 parishes in the Acholi Sub-region
are working on the Parish development model under Project for Restoration of
Livelihood in Northern Region-PRELNOR.
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But Justice Owiny-Dollo noted that the region
needed special intervention to address the quarter-century armed conflict that
ravaged the region leaving its citizens the poorest in the country and degraded the quality of education.
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The Parish Development model localizes Vision 2O4O
and the National Development Plan for effective measurement and management of
development interventions. It
comprises seven pillars that include production,
Processing and Marketing (Value Chain Development), Infrastructure, and
Others are financial Inclusion, Social Services, Community
Data (Community Information System), Governance & Administration and Mindset
Change. Early last month, the state Minister for Local
Government Victoria Rusoke Busingye noted that the government had already sent
in some undisclosed amount of money for the operationalization of the parish
model. She notes that the government was also moving to start recruiting parish chiefs for the implementation of the
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The Parliament has since approved the
implementation of the Parish Development Model, which will start operation in a phased
approach with preliminary activities for the establishment of the necessary
support structures and systems.