Local council three-LC III chairpersons in Sironko district have
raised concerns about their parish chiefs allegedly extorting money from
beneficiaries of the Parish Development Model (PDM) program before registering
them. The chairpersons raised their concerns at a consultative meeting chaired by
Isaiah Sasaga, the Budadiri East Member of Parliament at St. Catherine
Vocational Institute on Thursday.
They claimed that they had received complaints from
beneficiaries across different parishes in the district indicating that they
were asked to pay between Shillings 10,000 and 50,000 per person before
registration. The parish chiefs allegedly claimed that the payments were for
buying data to run the internet, while others claimed the money was for
purchasing laptops for their use.
Hebert Magomu, the LCIII chairperson of Buhugu Sub County,
expressed concerns about the potential negative impact of these extortion
practices on the PDM program. Patrick Wamugoda, LC III Chairperson of Busita
Sub County, and his Namaguli Sub County counterpart, Haruna Gaboba called upon
district leaders to intervene in response to these allegations.
the need to take action against the alleged misconduct of parish chiefs since
their actions are illegal. The chairpersons also criticized the central
government for not involving local leaders in the monitoring of the PDM program
at the parish level.
//Cue in: “Ela biliwo’’..................
Cue out ......................’’Bimamba khu PDM,’’//
Lydia Gimono, the Sironko district LC V vice-chairperson, pledged to engage with PDM district officials and the Chief Administrative
Officer (CAO) to investigate these allegations thoroughly before determining
the appropriate course of action.
Denis Ephraime Balwaniregha, the Sironko Resident District
Commissioner, urged the LCIIIs to report such cases to his office so that the
errant parish chiefs could be arrested, as their actions are in violation of
Isaiah Sasaga Wanzira, the Member of Parliament representing
Budadiri East constituency in Sironko district, condemned the alleged actions
of the parish chiefs. He urged district leaders to take swift and appropriate
measures to ensure that these activities do not undermine the government's PDM
//Cue in ‘’Barimbisile bukodyo...................
Cue out .................’’sibili bilayi taa,’’//
Julius Kapwepwe, who represented the National Coordinator of the
Parish Development Model, Zozi Galabusi, during a media briefing at Mount Elgon
Hotel in Mbale city, called upon district leaders to take disciplinary action
against any parish chiefs found extorting money from PDM beneficiaries. He
emphasized that the PDM program is intended to be free of such financial
burdens on beneficiaries.