By Spy Uganda
The Minister in charge of the Presidency Milly Babalanda has kicked Kitgum Resident District Commissioner (RDC) William Komakech out of office after reportedly chopping Parish Development Model (PDM).
Infact, the above comes just days after the territorial police of Kabale arrested four district local government officials, for allegedly misappropriating PDM funds amounting to Shs 289 million.
They are Ntimba Edmond, the former Kabale Chief Administrative Officer,Mwebesa Beda the district production officer, Kakura Boaz, the district planner and Namara Christopher, the district community development Officer.
In Kitgum, the RDC was kicked out with 14 staff of the district who have actually been arrested over the alleged misuse of Shs 523.6 million meant for the implementation of the PDM program.
Babalanda says that the interdiction that takes immediate effect, bars Komakech from exercising the powers and functions of the RDCs office and is meant to allow smooth investigations to be undertaken by the Inspectorate of Government.
Komakech has also been ordered to hand over office to his deputy Hajji Marijjan Welire who shall perform all the duties of RDC until further notice. During his interdiction period, Komakech will continue receiving half of his basic salary and is barred from leaving the country except upon obtaining clearance from the secretary, Office of the President until the allegations lodged against him and the interdiction are dropped.
Babalanda also warned all RDCs, RCCs and their deputies to observe the roles and operational guidelines recently issued to them while executing their duties and urged them to avoid being misled by technical staff and politicians in their respective districts.
The Parish Development Model is a Government strategy or approach for organizing and delivering public and private sector interventions for wealth creation and employment generation at the parish level as the lowest economic planning unit.
The PDM aims to lift the 39% of Uganda’s population from the subsistence to money economy and has seven pillars of; Production, Storage, Processing and Marketing; Infrastructure and Economic Services; Financial Inclusion; Social Services; Mindset change; Parish Based Management Information System; and Governance and Administration.