Over the weekend, eight individuals in Busia municipality were detained by police over allegations of involvement in the mismanagement of the Parish Development Model (PDM) programme.
The Busia deputy Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Grace Kanuna, arrested the suspects on Friday and handed them over to Busia Police Station for detention. Kanuna claims that the suspects were detained for smuggling and registering non-Busia municipality residents to the wards in town.
She stated that the suspects’ unscrupulous behavior has excluded residents who were eager to be part of the PDM programme.
The suspects include parish chiefs, secretaries, chairpersons of parish development committees, and alleged beneficiaries who were brought in to be enrolled.
The arrests come after Busia RDC, Michael Kibwika, directed the police to open a general inquiries file following the discovery that some beneficiaries were paid less than one million shillings.
During a meeting with PDM stakeholders in Busia town, Kibwika expressed disappointment and blamed the parish development committee for assessing and deciding how much beneficiaries should be given.
He added that such tendencies were meant to keep people outside the money economy, which the government is fighting by ensuring that beneficiaries get at least one million shillings to engage in production.
The launch of the PDM programme, which was scheduled to take place in the library, was canceled by Kibwika, who intended it to be a big event with all stakeholders in attendance.
Busia municipality has been struggling with the management of the PDM programme from its inception. The beneficiaries complained that parish chiefs and members of the parish development committee were following them up to request kickbacks after learning that they had withdrawn the money.