Nabbanja orders arrest of Parish Chief for over-drinking

Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja has ordered the arrest of Sebastian Nuwamanya, the Parish Chief of Kasingo Ward in Hoima West Division, over excessive consumption of alcohol.

Robinah Nabbanja

This, the prime minister believes, has stopped him from carrying out his tasks and thereby absconding from duty.

Nabbanja revealed this while addressing implementers of the Parish Development Model (PDM) at Kitara Secondary School in Hoima West Division.

She had received multiple reports from area residents about the conduct of the Parish Chief under whose mandate the new initiative falls and these reports pointed to his drunkenness being a threat to the PDM in the area.

Nuwamanya was not present at the event attended by residents, Parish Chiefs, councillors, Town Clerks, LCIII Chairpersons, ministers and other government officials.

The event was arranged to touch base with leaders about the planned implementation of the multibillion shillings intervention intended to eliminate poverty from the population.

Nuwamanya’s absence at the meeting infuriated Nabbanja and she tasked the Police, under the command of the Albertine Region Police Commander Vincent Mwesigye, to hunt him down. However, the police failed to find the elusive Nuwamanya but said they would keep searching for him.

Nabbanja tasked the implementors of the PDM to consider the less privileged within the population when implementing the same.

The PDM is a multi-sectoral strategy to create socio-economic transformation by moving the 39 per cent of households out of the subsistence economy into the money economy using the parish as the launching pad for development. It is hoped that the intervention will stimulate job creation and fight unemployment among Ugandans.

The PDM pillars include financial inclusion, infrastructure and economic services, agricultural value chain development, parish-based management information system, social services, community mobilization and mindset change, governance and administration.

In practice, the Parish will serve as a revolving fund whose beneficiaries will get low-cost loans for investment in income generating activities.

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