By Our Reporter
The Kampala City Parish Development Model (PDM) Focal Person, Asia Nabisere has asked Muslims to disregard cheap talk that PDM is riba (haram) and thus they shouldn’t go for it.
According to Islamic teaching interest money is considered haram with the primary reason being that it is exploitative.
Riba is defined as money paid at a particular rate of increase over time for the use of money lent, or for delay in debt repayment beyond a loan or debt’s specified life.
Speaking to residents of Kawempe, Nabisere explained that even though the money Ugandans are getting is supposed to be paid back at a lower rate it is not exploitative since it is intended to help someone in need.
“To my Moslem brothers and sisters embrace this program. This money is not riba, it is not exploitative, because the government is not making profits from us. The money will remain in the community among the Sacco members,” Nabisere said.
Under the PDM each household is to get shs1m and pay it back at an interest rate of 6%.
Nabisere gave the explanation during a PDM sensitisation meeting led by the Minister for Presidency Milly Babalanda, who was accompanied by the state minister for Kampala and Metropolitan Affairs Kabuye Kyofatogabye, the KCCA, executive director, Dorothy Kisaka and the PDM Deputy National Coordinator Jovrine Kyomukama Kaliisa.
Babalanda encouraged all Ugandans to be implementers of the PDM regardless of their political affiliation.
“We must all work hard to ensure this government initiative succeeds so that our people can get out of poverty,” Babalanda said.
Under PDM each of the 99 parishes in Kampala will get shs100 million starting next financial year. At household level, the minimum and maximum amount for every benefiting household is shs1million.
Kisaka commended the city dwellers for showing interest in PDM and continuing to attend sensitization meetings.
She promised the people of Kampala that KCCA is going to establish a PDM school that will continuously keep teaching about the strategy.
“It will not be a school with walls, but a moving school where our team will come to your parishes and aid you understand the new thing called Parish Development Model. We are all learning it,” Kisaka said.
She called upon the technical people in PDM to deliver services with the highest customer care.