By Lawrence Okwakol
The vice president Rtd Major Jessica Alupo Epel has tasked communities in Eastern Uganda to embrace and own the parish development model as the best established program initiated by president Museveni’s ruling NRM Government to get rid of poverty at household level.
Alupo’s message was delivered by her deputy principal private secretary Vincent Musubire who represented her at Pentecostal Revival Ministry (PRM) function held at Nyakoi, village in Kameke sub county, Pallisa district.
This was during the national testimony day celebration and marking the end the forty days fasting by Bishop Bisaleri Idakun and believers of his sect.
Musubire in a message he delivered verbatim called upon all religious leaders to embrace PDM saying they have time to interact with beneficiaries on weekly basis at no cost.
“If you integrated the PDM in your well packaged summons out, people would understand and shade off the myths attached to the program in relation to other previous Government programs”, Musubire said.
However,Judith Amoit the former woman member of parliament for Pallisa district who is currently the deputy chairperson of citizen and immigration board said the vice president Alupo’s message got a blessing as it was delivered to over 10,000 people who had turned up to share with Idakun a well-known prophet and miracle performer.
The crowds came from over 10 districts from Teso,Bukedi,Busoga and central sub regions where PRM churches have branches.
Amoit said the parish chiefs who are the focal persons in this program should target women who are ever victims of poverty.
Magidu Dhikusoka the Pallisa resident district commissioner said the delayed submission of information by one parish chief from Chelekura sub county cost Pallisa to miss she’s.25 million which is unfortunate.
Dhikusoka who declined to mention the parish for his security challenged PDM stakeholders to play their roles well.
However, Bishop Idakun after leading prayers thanked Alupo for the message and Government’s commitment to support religious organizations which handle the souls of the citizens.
Idakun said any program Government attaches to church succeeds because of the blessings.
“Am overwhelmed with this mammoth gathering and pray God to answer any petition tendered to him. I also ask christians to desist from corruption because theft is a sin regardless of it being criminal. It attracts eternal punishment “, Idakun said.
Joyce Akello from Kasera village in Kamutur sub county, Bukedea district said Government needed to highly sensitize people in proper enterprise selection to avoid the misuse of PDM.
Akello said the classified very poor people from Bukedea district benefited from “Give Direct program which gave beneficiaries she.2.5, million.