Lands minister Judith Nabakooba has called for a fresh verification of Parish Development Model (PDM) beneficiaries in Mityana district. The objective is to guarantee that government funds are appropriately disbursed and do not fall into the wrong hands.
During a fundraising event for Naama Church of Uganda Primary School in Mityana Municipality on October 12, Minister Nabakooba, who also oversees PDM in greater Mubende, emphasized the need for scrutiny before beneficiaries receive the funds.
The minister urged local leaders to revisit the registration process for PDM money and ensure that the recipients are permanent residents of Mityana. She expressed concern about reports suggesting that some leaders had included individuals from Kampala on the list of Mityana’s PDM beneficiaries and later shared the funds among themselves.
Nabakooba stressed that these funds are intended for permanent residents of Mityana and must be allocated accordingly to fulfill the program’s objectives.
She also encouraged those who have already received the initial sh1m each to use the money as intended, especially in agriculture, which is the area’s primary economic activity. Beneficiaries are expected to repay the funds after a grace period of two years.
The PDM initiative, launched in July 2023, provided sh1.6b to 305 residents of Mityana, with the aim of aiding them in participating in the formal economy.
Mityana Municipality has 225 enterprise groups across 15 wards in three divisions: Busimbi, Ttamu, and the Central Division. Each ward was slated to receive sh107m, according to Mityana district PDM focal person, Grace Nakuya.
Jude Ssali, a PDM registrant, expressed concerns about delays in receiving funds and reported difficulties in contacting leaders responsible for disbursement.
In response, some PDM leaders cited delays in clearing groups due to the late submission of necessary documentation. Large groups with approximately 30 members faced challenges in gathering and submitting the required information in a timely manner.
As part of her visit, Minister Nabakooba donated 2 Million Shillings toward the construction of a classroom block at Naama Church of Uganda Primary School and pledged to seek further support from the Ministry of Education and Sports for the school’s needs.
Naama Church of Uganda Primary School, established in 1984, is a government-aided school with limited infrastructure. The school’s headmistress, Hawa Nakalyowa, called on the government to provide a new building to replace the existing deteriorating structure and to construct a separate latrine for teachers. She also requested additional teachers to accommodate the school’s growing number of students.