Security operatives in Kabale District have taken into custody the Chairperson of Musamba Parish in Rubaya Sub County, Ndorwa West County, on charges of accepting illicit payments from members of the Parish Development Model.
The arrest, which comes as a response to multiple complaints from leaders and participants of the Parish Development Model, has been confirmed by Andrew Ronald Bakak, the Deputy Resident District Commissioner of Kabale.
The accused, identified as Monday Charles, is presently being held pending further investigation.
According to Bakak, the accused individual allegedly colluded with the Parish Chief, who is also being sought for questioning, in an elaborate scheme to extort bribes ranging from 5,000 to 20,000 shillings from unsuspecting members of the Parish Development Model.
The victims were deceived by false promises of being included in the list of beneficiaries. This egregious act of corruption has undermined the integrity and purpose of the Parish Development Model, which was established in 2021 as a government initiative to uplift 39 percent of the Ugandan population out of poverty.
The Parish Development Model operates as a revolving fund, aiming to enhance household incomes and overall welfare. It has been designed to function through the Parish, which serves as the primary administrative and operational center for delivering services and fostering local economic development.
However, the unfortunate occurrence of individuals within the system soliciting bribes from the program’s beneficiaries poses a significant challenge to the model’s effectiveness and credibility.
In response to the complaints and subsequent investigation, Andrew Ronald Bakak emphasized the gravity of the situation, stating that it is utterly unacceptable for anyone to demand bribes from those seeking assistance through the Parish Development Model.
The arrest of Monday Charles serves as a clear message that corrupt practices will not be tolerated and that efforts will be made to uphold the integrity and objectives of the program.
Moving forward, additional inquiries will be launched to identify any other individuals suspected of engaging in similar misconduct and extorting funds from participants.
The aim is to ensure a comprehensive and thorough investigation that will bring to light any further instances of corruption within the Parish Development Model.
This action underscores the government’s commitment to combating corruption and ensuring the program’s successful implementation, aligning with the overarching development goals outlined in NDP III.
It is imperative that such acts of corruption are eradicated to maintain the trust and faith of the public in the government’s efforts to alleviate poverty and improve the lives of Ugandan citizens.
By addressing these issues head-on, the authorities can work towards restoring confidence in the Parish Development Model and achieving its intended objectives of socio-economic transformation and empowerment at the grassroots level.