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System Failures Slow PDM Implementation in Bukomansimbi

Despite the high level of public anxiety to utilize the funds, the district has only managed to release the money to 15 beneficiaries in the area out of the more than 1000 members identified in 39 Parish Development Model SACCOs.
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Bukomansimbi district local government is stuck with the Parish Development Model-PDM program funds due to system failure, which frustrated the disbursement of funds to the intended beneficiaries. 

Despite the high level of public anxiety to utilize the funds, the district has only managed to release the money to 15 beneficiaries in the area out of the more than 1000 members identified in 39 Parish Development Model SACCOs.

This was revealed by George William Ssekanwagi, the district PDM Focal Person in his report to the Leader of Opposition in Parliament Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba during his oversight tour in Bukomansimbi.

Ssenkwagi said that the digitalized Information Management System that helps in registration and tracking beneficiaries is frustrating their operations and slowing down the entire process.

Besides the recurrent failures in the registration process due to poor internet connectivity and power blackouts challenges, the digital system content forms, according to Ssekanwagi have kept on changing which also affects the pace at which they work with it. 

As a result, the district is still seating on close to 400 million shillings releases for the three quarters as the targeted beneficiaries fail to access the funds to start using it. 

Luganda//Cue in; "process zonna…

  

Cue out…yetuletera okulwa.”//  

Paul Muwonge, the District Information Technology Officer says that some of the registered beneficiaries opened up accounts in commercial banks that are yet to be integrated on to the PDM system, which also causes the delay in accessing funds. 

John Lugemwa and Allen Meeme, the direct and female district councilors for Kitanda and Kagologolo Town Councils respectively noted that the delays have now created room for extortion of the beneficiaries in the area. 

Lugemwa prefers that the program be halted, such that the underlying inconsistencies are resolved, to avert the possible misuse of public resources. 

//Cue in: “nze nagenda mu...

Cue out…tagendayo zifuna.”// 

Peter Ruhweza, the Bukomansimbi Chief Administrative Officer says that the Parish Chiefs are doing whatever it takes to identify and register the beneficiaries such that they can get the money. 

Ruhweza says that they do not want to risk bypassing the system in giving out money, which may cause them financial audits. He however adds that they have notified the PDM Secretariat about the challenges.

Jane Francis Kagaayi, the Bukomansimbi Resident District Commissioner also acknowledges the system failures as a major challenge to the program’s implementation and challenges the government to decentralize the system and speed up the process.

//Cue in: “abantu mu kusooka…

Cue out...ababaka muddeyo.”//  

In response, the Leader of Opposition in Parliament Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba, noted that they are capturing all the frustrations which will back them up as they engage the respective duty bearers for improvement. 

He, however, tasked the district leadership to initiate a thorough investigation into reports of extortion and have the culprits punished.

//Cue in; “ani ajjako abantu….   

Cue out….ate agijja Kampala.”//                    

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