PDM Beneficiaries Advised to Stick to Guidelines, Avoid Diverting Funds

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PHOTO: Mr. Julius Kapwepwe
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LIRA, UGANDA – Mr. Julius Kapwepwe, the Technical Advisor for Policy at the PDM Secretariat within the Ministry of Local Government, has offered advice to PDM beneficiaries, urging them to adhere to the prescribed guidelines provided by His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Uganda, General Yoweri Museveni Kaguta, and avoid any deviations.

He made this statement during a media briefing held at the Margarita Palace Hotel to mark the commencement of the “Local Government Regional Budget Consultative Workshops for the Financial Year 2024/2025.” The event drew participants from various Local Government bodies across the Teso, Karamoja, Acholi, Lango, and West Nile sub-regions.

“We are making significant strides towards achieving stability as a nation and effectively implementing the PDM as envisioned,” said Julius.

According to Mr. Kapwepwe, the issue of discrepancies in the disbursement of one million shillings to beneficiaries is no longer acceptable. President Museveni has directed that every recipient shall receive exactly one million shillings, and this is being diligently implemented nationwide.

“When you obtain PDM funding, it is imperative that you use it exclusively for the intended enterprise,” Julius emphasized.

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He further explained that if you borrow Parish Development Model (PDM) funds for a specific purpose, such as poultry farming, you must stick to that particular venture. Additionally, it is crucial that beneficiaries have a clear understanding and conviction regarding the purpose for which they are borrowing the money.

The one million shillings is allocated per household. The chosen representative of the household should possess official minutes confirming their authority to collect the funds on behalf of the household. It is expected that all family members will jointly own and invest the funds into a project decided upon by the household. The resulting profits should align with the guidance provided by H.E. President Yoweri Museveni.

Mr. Kapwepwe stressed that the guidelines for receiving and utilizing the funds are explicit and must be understood by every PDM beneficiary to foster the growth of their respective enterprises.

He urged beneficiaries to stay focused and not deviate from the prescribed path in order to successfully realize all seven pillars of the PDM.

The workshop garnered significant attendance, with over 400 participants, including LCV chairpersons, RDCs, CAOs, and other district technical staff in attendance.

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