Members of Parliament have advocated for enhanced access to banking services to facilitate the smooth disbursement of funds to beneficiaries under the Parish Development Model (PDM) program.
During the debate on the Report of the Committee on Public Service and Local Government addressing the status of the Parish Development Model’s implementation, MPs emphasized the necessity of addressing challenges hindering the success of the program, particularly in the financial inclusion pillar.
Hon. Bosco Okiror (NRM, Usuk County) pointed out the difficulties faced in districts like Kapelebyong, Amuria, and Katakwi, where the absence of financial institutions, including banks, hampers PDM implementation. Residents are compelled to travel to neighboring districts like Soroti to access funds.
Butaleja District Woman Representative, Hon. Florence Nebanda, highlighted the lack of banking institutions in her district, leading residents to travel to Mbale district for financial transactions. She emphasized the need for streamlined services to prevent unnecessary delays and frustration.
Hon. Jennifer Driwaru (NRM, Maracha District) raised concerns about beneficiaries spending nights in neighboring districts like Arua and Koboko while waiting to receive PDM funds.
In response, Speaker Anita Among advised the Minister for Local Government to explore the introduction of mobile banking services in districts without established banking institutions. The aim is to bring financial services closer to beneficiaries and eliminate the challenges associated with long journeys.
Committee Chairperson, Hon. Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, highlighted initiatives by some banks, such as Postbank’s Wendi platform, designed as a mobile wallet to facilitate fund access without the need to visit a physical bank. He emphasized the importance of engaging with banks to address concerns stemming from changes in the terms and conditions.
The Committee report recommended continuous engagement between the government (Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Local Government) and banking institutions to reconcile issues arising from modifications in the terms of engagement with banks.
Hon. Peter Ocen (Ind., Kole South County) proposed facilitating parish chiefs and sub-county chiefs to combat cases of extortion from beneficiaries for services. Meanwhile, Hon. Laura Kanushu (NRM, PWD Representative) and Hon. Akol Anthony (FDC, Kilak North County) suggested intensive mindset change activities to guide beneficiaries on the proper utilization of PDM funds.
Minister for Local Government, Hon. Raphael Magyezi, committed to presenting a comprehensive report to Parliament every six months on the performance of the PDM program.
Rukungiri Parish Chief Faces Charges Of Forging SACCO Documents And Misappropriating Funds – The Hoima Post – News
11 hours ago
November 26, 2023
Twesigomwe Justus, the Parish Chief of Kafunjo in Nyakishenyi Sub County, Rukungiri District, is confronting charges of forgery and abuse of office for his alleged involvement in misappropriating funds meant for a local Savings and Credit Cooperative (SACCO).
In late September, the Loans committee of the Parish SACCO approved a list of 75 individuals slated to receive funds. However, on the disbursal day, which occurred on Monday, November 20, 2023, the intended beneficiaries were shocked to discover that several names were missing from the list. To make matters worse, non-members, including civil servants, were mistakenly benefiting from the funds.
Upon investigation, it was revealed that out of the 75 approved members, only 11 actually received the funds. Surprisingly, 46 beneficiaries were from Kanungu and Rukiga Districts, and the funds designated for Kamusiime Vastina were redirected to the account of the Parish Chief, Twesigomwe Justus. Additionally, Twesigomwe forged the signatures of the SACCO Chairperson and secretary. Among the recipients was a secondary school teacher named Rubarema James, and some members alleged they were coerced into paying 50,000 shillings to ensure they benefited.
The SACCO Loans committee, under the leadership of Chairperson Tumukunde Polytazio, promptly reported the matter to the authorities. This led to Twesigomwe Justus being summoned and subsequently arrested at Rukungiri Central Police station. The case is currently under investigation and is documented under file SD REF 26/22/11/2023.
Tumukunde Polytazio has called for government intervention to discipline Twesigomwe Justus and recover the misused funds.
Rukungiri Resident District Commissioner, Steven Nsubuga Bewayo, has confirmed Twesigomwe Justus’ arrest and assured a thorough investigation into the matter. He has also cautioned other parish chiefs against engaging in such activities.
Local Council Vice-Chairperson Fined Nine Goats For Adultery In Kasese District – The Hoima Post – News
12 hours ago
November 26, 2023
In Kabughabugha village, Rukoki sub-county, Kasese district, a member of the Local Council One court, Mr. Zeverio Mugisa, the area vice-chairperson, has been fined nine goats by the court for admitting to allegations of adultery. The charges stemmed from his involvement with the wife of Edward Kighoma, a casual laborer in Mbarara city. Mugisa pleaded guilty, and Tsongo Gideon, the secretary for youth, issued a stern warning to local leaders, urging them to avoid engaging in adultery.
In a separate incident, a man discovered unconscious and left at Kasese Municipal Health Centre Three has been identified as UPDF Private Ainembabazi Alex. Lt. Col. Frank Kaweru, the commander for Hima training school in Hima town council, Kasese District, confirmed the victim’s identity.
Ainembabazi reportedly faced assault by unidentified assailants at Secret Bar in Hima town council. Despite initial accusations of theft, Mr. James Mwiruwabo, the Municipal in charge, expressed wishes for a swift recovery for the UPDF officer, who was subsequently transported by a UPDF ambulance for specialized treatment.
Young Thug’s Upcoming Trial Sparks Reflection On 17 Months Of Legal Drama – The Hoima Post – News
13 hours ago
November 26, 2023
As Young Thug’s trial approaches, social media has revisited the events since his arrest over 17 months ago. A tweet from ThuggerDaily highlights various incidents, including Donald Trump’s accusations and courtroom disruptions. Despite over 20 indictments, only six, including Thug, will go to trial after nearly a year of jury selection.
In the lead-up to the trial, drama ensued, with Thug’s lawyer warned for comments about a prosecution witness, and Ya Gotti’s lawyer cautioned after an altercation. Meanwhile, Mariah The Scientist continues to express unwavering support for Thug, emphasizing her anticipation for life with him post-prison.
Stay tuned for updates as Young Thug’s trial unfolds at the Fulton County Courthouse next week.
Omarion Responds To Criticism Over “Serious” Music Video Scene – The Hoima Post – News
13 hours ago
November 26, 2023
Omarion recently faced some criticism regarding a scene from his “Serious” music video, where he is joined by two women in a pool. Fans on social media commented that the scene felt awkward, suggesting the co-stars seemed uncomfortable. In response, Omarion addressed the chatter, emphasizing that he prioritizes the comfort of those around him. He stated that if any issues had arisen during the shoot, he would have intervened to ensure a positive atmosphere.
While some fans defended Omarion, attributing the perceived discomfort to lack of direction or the scene’s nature, the artist himself maintains that he prioritizes creating a comfortable environment for everyone involved. The discussion continues online about the interpretation of the scene and Omarion’s response.
Heavy Rains Cause Flooding On Kasawo–Zirobwe Road, Disrupting Travel In Luweero And Mukono Districts – The Hoima Post – News
19 hours ago
November 25, 2023
The Lwajjali River, dividing Luweero and Mukono districts, has flooded due to heavy rains, submerging a section of the Kasawo–Zirobwe road.
Travelers face disruptions, with the road acting as a shortcut for those commuting to Kampala. Residents are concerned about potential homelessness and trapped schoolchildren during the third term holidays.
Transport fares have surged, leaving passengers stranded. Boda-boda cyclists note the perennial poor road conditions, worsened during the rainy season.
Travelers resort to being carried by individuals, while some who can’t afford the cost remove clothes to cross. Local leaders seek government intervention to construct a bridge, as culverts struggle with high-pressure floodwaters.
Parents Arrested For Alleged Torture Of 6-Year-Old In Bukomansimbi, Prompting Urgent Medical Care – The Hoima Post – News
20 hours ago
November 25, 2023
A shocking case has emerged in Bukomansimbi District, where a 6-year-old boy named Frank Kakooza accuses his mother, Nantongo Margret (23), and stepfather, Kamya Badru (27), of subjecting him to heinous acts of torture, including deliberate burns on his buttocks and fingers.
Kakooza, currently undergoing treatment at Mukama Afaayo Medical Clinic in Kigangazi, revealed that his stepfather used a heated machete on the intergluteal cleft of his buttocks and burned his fingers without any apparent reason.
“He has been beating me and putting a panga into the fire and burning me while my mother is just looking,” Kakooza shared.
In addition to the physical abuse, Kakooza disclosed that he has been systematically deprived of food, leading to severe malnutrition. Concerned residents reported the case to the police, resulting in the arrest of both parents, who now accuse each other of the alleged atrocities.
The severity of Kakooza’s injuries has prompted medical professionals at Mukama Afaayo Medical Clinic to escalate the case to Masaka Regional Referral Hospital for further medical intervention. Bernard Kiiba, a nurse at the clinic, described the extensive burns on Kakooza’s buttocks and fingers, emphasizing the urgent need for specialized care beyond the clinic’s capacity.
“His buttocks were burnt up to tentacles, and as of now, the boy is rotting, and a bad smell is coming out of him. He cannot go to the toilet, and his stomach has swollen, so his condition is beyond our clinic,” Kiiba stated.
Joseph Kafeero, Kakooza’s grandfather now caring for him at Mukama Afaayo clinic, appealed for support as he struggles to bring his grandson’s life back to normal.
“My grandson’s situation is worrying; he needs professional doctors, yet I don’t have the potential. I am calling upon the good Samaritans to help me bring my grandson’s life back to normal,” pleaded Kafeero.
The arrested parents are now facing charges related to child abuse, and the police are conducting a thorough investigation to uncover the full extent of the abuse and ensure justice is served.
Bukomansimbi deputy RDC Fred Kalema Pax condemned such acts, assuring the community that the parents would be taken to court to face the consequences of their actions. The district, grappling with instances of child torture, hopes for justice to prevail and bring relief to a young life marked by unimaginable suffering.