By Byamukama Libino
Residents in Nyundo Sub County have pinned their parish chiefs on corruption, neglect of duty and incompetence in implementing the parish development model (PDM) project.
Angry residents addressed these issues to the PDM National deputy coordinator, Kyomukama Jovrine Kaliisa yesterday du
ring her ground supervision of the project’s progress in Bukimbiri County.
Her visit to the area comes days after the area MP castigated the project’s guidelines that do not favour most of the needy citizens.
Kaliisa visited Nyundo sub county headquarters aiming to meet with PDM SACCO leaders and beneficiaries but her efforts fell down; they were allegedly not mobilised. Only 8 people out of over 7000 turned up.
This resulted into a dramatic session as she threatened to suspend the project in the area after suspecting lack of seriousness but the few people present blamed sub county leadership for not mobilising. This forced the PDM coordinator to shift the meeting to Kabahunde trading centre.
At Kabahunde trading centre, residents asked the national PDM deputy coordinator to arrest the parish chiefs, especially the ones of Nyundo and Bubuye parishes.
They accused them of laziness at work, using selective methods while choosing people to benefit from PDM, distorting money from them and lack of enough information about PDM.
Hon. Jovrine Karisa warned that any PDM supervisor that will sleep on his job will be arrested and detained as they will be frustrating a presidential pledge. She pardoned parish chiefs in Nyundo and gave them only this week to register beneficiaries and get money not later than Thursday next week.
She also noted that community members will choose their people to benefit from the project and disregard the computer system.
She also noted that each person can apply for any amount of money not more than one million shillings depending on his business plan (Ekibaro) but not by listening to advice from the loans committees.
In Rubuguri and Nyanamo town councils, beneficiaries were found ready and prepared for the funds. Hon. Jovrine commended the town councils’ leadership and ordered extension workers to train them on how to make business plans this week and start receiving money by Monday next week.
Beneficiaries praised her for making it to the ground and answering their questions.