Dokolo – Dokolo South legislator also representative of Uganda in the Pan Africa Parliament Felix Okot Ogong has warned parish chiefs against soliciting kickbacks from beneficiaries of Parish Development Model (PDM).
Speaking during the launch of the PDM funds disbursement held at Amatiburu Primary School in Kangai sub-county Dokolo district on Tuesday, Okot said the parish chiefs are well paid by government for their work and so they should not ask for kickbacks.
“Don’t let someone deceive you that I’m the one who recommended you to benefit from PDM, it is us Members of Parliament and President Museveni who know the genesis of this project,” Okot told the gathering.
Barbara Akech, the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Dokolo said that government will follow up on PDM funds to ensure that the beneficiaries use them for the intended purpose.
Richard Madete the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Dokolo asked locals to take PDM seriously as the only way of kicking poverty out of their families.
According to Moses Okello, the Senior planner and also the PDM focal point person for Dokolo, a total of 3.653 billion (578 million in FY 2022/23) is already in the SACCO account district-wide.
Okello says the district has registered 1,067 Enterprise groups under 71 SACCOs across the district.
The PDM was launched by President Yoweri Museveni in February 2022, aiming at uplifting 3.5 million households still in the subsistence economy to the money economy.
It has seven pillars including processing and marketing, infrastructure and economic service, financial inclusion, mindset change, parish-based information management systems, social services, and government and administration.