Local leaders decry the lack of facilitation in PDM arrangement

 By Sophan Niwamanya


 Kabale district lower political leaders have decried the lack of facilitation for the mobilization and implementation of a government strategy for wealth creation and employment generation at the parish level dubbed parish development model-PDM.

Leaders expressed this today during a one-day stakeholder engagement meeting on the Parish development model which was held at Kabale National Teachers College playground in the Southern Division of Kabale municipality. The meeting was organized by the Ministry of Gender, labor, and social development.

Leaders who include the Buhara Sub County councilor Annet Kabagambe and the Kabale municipal mayor Emmanuel Ssentaro Byamugisha and the chairperson of Kabale district women council Norah Twenda said that local leaders are finding it difficult to traverse up to the lower areas of the district to sensitize and mobilize the residents to embrace the parish development model.

They said that the government should consider securing some funds that will help local leaders to move to villages for mobilization and sensitization of the residents. They expressed worry whether the project will be well monitored by local leaders if the government fails to provide funds to facilitate the local leaders.

The Ndorwa East Member of Parliament of Wilfred Niwagaba commended the local leaders for embracing the parish development model and implored them to continue sensitizing the public to cause mindset change towards PDM as the government thinks of securing funds to facilitate local leaders.

The minister of state for trade, industries, and cooperatives David Bahati who was the chief guest pledged to report the issue to the cabinet for discussion to ensure the administration fund for local leaders is secured.