President Yoweri Museveni has launched the Parish Development Model (PDM) at Kibuku Primary School, Kibuku District in Bukedi Sub-region.
The Parish Development Model(PDM) aims at helping people from parish level to increase their household incomes and joining the money economy.
It is an extension of the-whole-of government approach to development as envisaged under the National Development Plan3 , with the parish as the lowest administrative and operational hub for delivering services closer to the people and hence fostering economic development.
President Museveni signing
Speaking at the launch, President Museveni, who narrated the journey of the country’s transformation, said that under the leadership of NRM, a foundation for socio-economic transformation has been laid by securing the entire country, building roads, hospitals, schools, water sources, dams to generate electricity and other public services.
“During the recently concluded elections, we promised you that the 2021-2026 term is going to be a Kisanja for creating wealth, jobs and incomes for all Ugandans,” the President said.
In the 2021-2026 Manifesto, the President said, NRM promised to use the (PDM) as a strategy to reach homesteads that are still in subsistence economy to support them join the money economy.
“These guidelines, therefore, have been prepared to direct the implementation of this transformative intervention,” he said.
He used the function to appeal to all leaders- political, religious, cultural, etcetera to join hands with the Government to sensitize the communities and promote PDM.
“The efforts now should be sensitizing our people on how and who to do what. Because we don’t want our people to do what won’t help them,
The main focus now is the transformation of the population from the culture of working for only the stomach to working for both the stomach and money,” he said.
Adding, “We must do so with a calculation (ekibalo).”
He asked leaders at different levels to educate the people on the problem and danger of land fragmentation.
“This one is very dangerous, all political leaders, religious and cultural leaders should join this effort and tell our people to stop land fragmentation,” the President emphasized.
Through PDM, the President said, the Government will take services to the people in a more effective way and receive actionable feedback from them on wealth creation and Government-provided services to quicken socio-economic transformation.
The President added that NRM has identified four sectors for wealth and job creation which the PDM will advance.
These are Commercial Agriculture, Industry, Services and Information, Communication technology (ICT).
“The implementation of these sectors is going to enable us to achieve Middle Income Status at a much faster pace, …….