It’s in that same spirit that Kisaka and other members of the KCCA technical wing, and Division level elected leaders, spent much of last week holding public sensitization tours or meetings to deepen ordinary Kampalans’ understanding and appreciation of the need to embrace the Parish Development Model (PDM) through which President Museveni intends to economically emancipate and transform the 39% households that live hand to mouth without being able to save anything.
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In the urban setting like Kisaka’s Kampala, such people strictly work to earn what to feed on that particular day; implying that the day he or she doesn’t go out to work, the entire family will starve as they will have nothing to eat. These are exemplified by capital-deprived poor youths and women who thrive on selling cheap chips, roasted chicken, beef, goat ribs or even cheap katogo in the ghettos. They mostly sell their stuff on the roadsides of the ghettoes were many fellow poor persons live and their capital barely exceeds Shs200,000 or Shs300,000. The President rightly feels that such people haven’t been benefiting from previous GoU wealth creation programs such as Emyoga or even OWC because they are too poor and lacked the basic requirements (like collateral security or even verifiable residence status so as to qualify for membership in SACCOs) to be considered eligible for inclusion.
The beauty with the PDM is that permanent residence or collateral security won’t be required. Neither will SACCO membership be required. One only has to produce his or her national ID and LC1 letter authenticating his or her good citizenship or residence in a given village or cell. Repayment period for the money, which Prime Minister Nabanja wants to be Shs1m per household, is 3 years and interest is 6%. Each parish will have a SACCO onto which the Finance Ministry will annually sent Shs100m and each potential individual borrower will have to belong to an enterprise association in his or her parish.
The money, which once repaid will go into a revolving fund still managed by the Parish Development Committee, w lent out to an individual as SACOO membership won’t be a requirement anymore. The PDC will comprise of elected leaders at the Parish besides the assistant ward administrator (for Kampala’s case), the ruling party representative and an opinion leader who must be a well-respected person in the Parish.
Kampala has a total of 99 parishes or wards each of which will be required to have a SACCO and a PDC which will be answerable to the Division Town Clerk who in return will be answerable to the KCCA Executive Director Dorothy Kisaka whose corporate governance unit will be aiding the ED in executing her PDM-related mandate through a focal person who is none other than Asia Kinaabi Nabisere.