Government Assigns Parish Chiefs to Monitor OWC

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Bernard Okello, the Senior Human Resource Officer Luweero district, says in the new charges, government also increased the salaries of Parish Chiefs from Shillings 360,000 to Shillings 460,000.

Government has directed Parish Chiefs to monitor and supervise the Operation Wealth Creation program to ensure its effectiveness at the village level across the country. The Local Government Minister, Tom Butime issued the directive to Chief Administrative Officers across the country.
 
 
In Luweero, the Chief Administrative Officer, Eustace Gakwandi has already written to all Parish Chiefs to comply by the directive. In a January 12th letter to the Parish Chiefs, Gakwandi cites a directive issued by the Local Governments Minister, Tom Butime in his January 9th 2017 letter.

 
In his letter, Butiime directs Parish Chiefs to record all the beneficiaries of the Operation Wealth Creation program and prosecute those who fail to plant the seeds and irrigate their crops. He also directs Parish Chiefs to report disease outbreak and any other challenges affecting the farmers to line officers for quick intervention.
 
 
Bernard Okello, the Senior Human Resource Officer Luweero district, says in the new charges, government also increased the salaries of Parish Chiefs from Shillings 360,000 to Shillings 460,000. He however, says the parish chiefs must be Diploma holders, adding that those without the qualifications will be retrenched in the forthcoming local government restructuring exercise.
 
 
Okello says government has pledged pay the Parish Chiefs allowances to enable them execute their new roles. The Local Government Ministry has asked the Parish Chiefs to submit their telephone contacts and bank accounts.


 
Abdul Nadduli, the Minister Without Portfolio, says although the job description for Parish Chiefs is to monitor all government programs, they have been redundant hence need to reassign them to monitor the Operation Wealth Creation, which deals directly with ordinary citizens.
 


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But John Ssegujja, the Director Community Development and Child Welfare Initiative, says reassigning the Parish Chiefs won't change anything unless government returns the Operation Wealth Creation program to technical staff and fight corruption in distribution of seedlings. 
 
The Operation Wealth Creation is currently being implemented by Uganda People's Defense Forces soldiers who only notify technical staff and local leaders on delivery of inputs for distribution to farmers. 
 
 
Ssegujja accuses the soldiers of distributing poor quality seedlings, which he has exposed the program to failure. Sam Mwebe, a resident at Kiwumpa village, says there is no good will from government to fight corruption, saying there is no way Parish Chiefs will successfully prosecute farmers who pick seedlings and fail to plant them.

 

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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.