KISAKA LURES KAMPALA RCCS TOWARDS PARISH DEVELOPMENT MODEL
By Mulengera Reporters
KCCA Executive Director Dorothy Kisaka is renowned for being an inclusive leader who, once given an assignment, will go out of his way to have as many stakeholders buying in as possible. 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, will be 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.
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During the last week PDM sensitization tours, some of the Resident City Commissioners like Rubaga’s Anderson Burora and Kampala Central’s Yasiin Mbidde didn’t attend. This created an impression that maybe the President’s representatives in the city were being lukewarm or disinterested towards the Parish Development Model. To her credit, Makindye Division’s Doreen Keita attended the Makindye sensitization gathering at the Division headquarters. Kawempe’s Suleiman Walugembe also attended and cheerfully addressed the gathering at Tick Hotel. Overall Kampala RCC Amina Lukanga didn’t conspicuously feature at the sensitization meetings.
Being one who never takes chances nor prides in leaving anyone behind, the very accommodative Dorothy Kisaka dedicated her Tuesday 5th July morning to engaging Kampala RCC Amina Lukanga with her Deputies from the five Kampala City Divisions. The closed door meeting, from which they all emerged smiling and re-energized, was held at City Hall.
“We are new in office as you know and this is the first time we are meeting the KCCA ED who we must work together with because we are all appointed by the President to amplify the delivery of social services in line with the Manifesto of the ruling NRM party. This is inevitable because the President and NRM party are the ones Ugandans mandated to run Uganda for the next five years. It’s important that as appointees of the same President, we must move and conduct our affairs in a harmonized way,” Amina Lukanga declared to a group of journalists who had been waiting outside the meeting room.
As she made her case, Lukanga was flanked by Kisaka and the 5 deputy RCCs. Speaking after her, Burora emphasized the importance of harmonizing between the KCCA ED and the RCCs who must back up the work of the KCCA technical wing staffers by ensuring their security as they go out to serve people in the communities. Kampala Central’s Yasin Mbidde asserted that having come to office in April, the RCCs have been inducting themselves about the job and are now ready to begin to visibly hit the ground running.
The meeting’s host Dorothy Kisaka explained that all of them being appointees of the President, it’s inevitable for them to work together because it’s the only way through which they can harmoniously drive the agenda and realization of Gen Museveni’s grand vision for an economically transformed Uganda. Saying they are ideally supposed to be the ED’s ears and eyes in the five Divisions, the RCCs promised to get more actively involved so as to effectively get all the PDM-related feedback for the ED and other leaders at City Hall to act upon on god time as opposed to waiting for things to escalate.
Saying these would become regular scheduled meetings, potentially happening as often as twice a month or thereabout, Burora described such engagements as an opportunity to deepen the working relationship between them and the ED. The RCCs were unanimous in saying there are many service delivery issues on which they inevitably have to work with the KCCA ED and other leaders at City Hall but currently, the PDM remains the most paramount area of their close collaboration. They commended the KCCA leadership at City Hall for reaching out to them which is indicative of the fact that their complimentary role in service delivery is well noted and recognized. (For comments on this story, get back to us on 0705579994 [whatsapp line], 0779411734 & 0200900416 or email us at email@example.com).