PDM chief faults Finance for delayed disbursement

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PDM chief faults Finance for delayed disbursement
PDM boss Kalisa wants Finance ministry to align release of funds to beneficiaries needs

The Deputy National Coordinator of the government's Parish Development Model (PDM), Ms Joveline Kalisa Kyomukama, has blamed the Ministry of Finance for delays in disbursement of second phase of the poverty-alleviation funding.

Speaking during a workshop in Kabale District at the weekend, Ms Kalisa said the ministry keeps on twisting the guidelines which in the end slows down release of funds.

“The changing of guidelines issued by the Ministry of Finance are becoming too much," she said. "For me, the President sent me a mission and my mission is one to make sure that people have the money.”

Ms Kalisa also faulted the national PDM secretariat for sitting on job and failing to listen to complaints of intended beneficiaries.

She said the money is being disbursed at a wrong stage since its currently a dry season especially for a beneficiary that is a farmer.

“It is going to continue to be difficult to implement because we have actually failed to put it in mind that it’s from bottom-up approach that’s why we still sit in Kampala and order instead of lending an ear to the both the stakeholders and beneficiaries,” Ms Kalisa said.

The PDM programme was launched in February 2022 by President Museveni who set a lofty target of lifting over 3.5 million households out of poverty.

The revolving fund provided by the government at the parish level serves as a capitalisation grant to income-generating activities, encompassing the production, processing. Marketing and storage of agriculture products.

However, it is not only in Kigezi sub-region where PDM has not performed well but this is happening across the country.

In April, the second batch of the funds was disbursed to the beneficiaries but some of them said the timing of disbursement was wrong since it was not the right season to use the money.

Others say they have only received half of the funds and yet the financial year is coming to close which leaves them worried that the money would be returned to the Consolidated Fund.

Ms Kalisa said in the last two financial years, government released more than Shs1.5 trillion with Shs150 million per parish.

The two-day workshop in Kabale  Kigezi Sub-region Resident District Commissioners, LC5 Chairpersons, Chief Administrative Officers and commercial officers chart ways of making PDM programme a success.

The worship mainly aimed at finding what could be the problem as to why some districts within Kigezi such as Rukungiri and Kabale have not disbursed the second phase of the funds.

The PDM secretariat is on a countrywide tour to assess performance of the programme.

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