Janet Museveni asks leaders to champion PDM implementation



The Minister of Education and Sports, Hon. Janet Kataaha Museveni, has warned the political and civil leaders in the district that she may not preside or attend any function in Ntungamo district if the Parish development model fails to be successful in the district.

The first lady revealed that the only way for the NRM government to stop its over dependence on foreign aid and donations is by asking the leaders to cascade the information about PDM to the locals so that Ntungamo district can perform well.

She told them to make Ntungamo district a model district across the country in the implementation of the Parish Development Model, which other districts can benchmark from.

The minister noted that to avoid foreign dependence, the general public must embrace all pillars of the model in order to transform the 39% of substance farmers into a money economy.

She also directed all the striking art teachers to return to class with immediate effect as the government is committed to enhancing their salaries gradually.

The first lady said that teachers betrayed God, the government and Ugandans through their industrial action because they are disciples who were called to serve the people of God.

She made remarks on Monday as guest of honour while launching the implementation of the Parish Development model in Ntungamo district, held at Kyamate playground.

The Minister of agriculture, animal industry and fisheries, Frank Kagyigyi Tumwebaze, revealed that the government has plans to support commercial farmers who are not captured in the Parish Development model with tractors, irrigation and coolers.

Minister Tumwebaze noted that the ministry will use a hybrid approach to support both commercial farmers with land chunks and subsistence farmers for sustainable development in the country.

The minister of state for animal industry, Lt Col Rwaminrama Bright Kanyontore, advised farmers who have less than four acres to choose enterprises of high value that are food secure and high yielding.

The Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Mwebesa Francis, said that the unemployed youth in towns will be identified and be given a capital of one million as startup capital if social transformation is to be realized.


Other speakers included MPS Hon Bata Kamateneti, Hon Timuzigu Michael Kamugisha, Hon Naome Kabasharira, Hon Henry Zinkuratiire, Hon Benjamini Katangura, Hon Yona Musinguzi, RDC Mucunguzi Geoffrey, LCV Mucunguzi Samuel, and CAO Nassar Mukiibi, among others.

Ntungamo district has 135 parishes/wards where a total of 2960 enterprise groups were selected at community level.

According to the CAO Nasser Mukibi, a total of UGX 1,105,000,000 BN (one billion, one hundred and five million shillings) has been transferred to the 65 PDM SACCO accounts, leaving a balance of 64 SACCO accounts that were not given money due to inadequate funding.