Why the revival of Assistant RDC and Assistant RCC Offices will unlock Uganda’s Potential

In a bold move to revitalize local governance and empower communities across Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni has reinstated the office of Assistant Resident District Commissioner (RDC) and Assistant Resident City Commissioner (RCC).

This strategic decision holds immense importance for the nation’s progress on various fronts, including promoting patriotism, enhancing efficiency in monitoring government programs, intensifying the battle against corruption, bringing essential services closer to the people, easing political mobilisation, and advancing the National Resistance Movement (NRM) agenda at the grassroots level.

Promotion of Patriotism
It serves as a catalyst for fostering patriotism among Ugandans. These local representatives play a pivotal role in promoting national identity, values, and unity within communities. By reinstating these offices, President Museveni aims at instilling a sense of pride and belonging in the hearts of citizens, strengthening the fabric of Ugandan society.

This will be supported by Commissioner Hellen Seku, Head National secretariat for Patriotism office of the President as guided by the Minister of Presidency Hon Babalanda at the recently concluded National Patriotism Environmental protection Campaign at Kitemu Secondary school, where President Museveni and First Lady Janet Museveni were the guests of Honor.

Therefore, since these mobilisers will be reaching the Wannainchi directly at the grassroot, they will revive love for our motherland especially among our Ugandan youths who have for long been misled by some opposition opportunists.

Easing Monitoring of Government Programs
Assistant RDCs and RCCs are critical figures in the effective monitoring and evaluation of government programs at the grassroots level. Their presence ensures that public initiatives are implemented efficiently and transparently. By reinstating these positions, President Museveni seeks to enhance accountability, tackle inefficiencies, and improve the delivery of services to the population.

Most government programs like Entandikwa, NAADs, Youth livelihood Fund, Emyooga, Parish Development Model and many others have always been misused because the follow up is lacking and RDCs/RCCs are often overwhelmed. Therefore, the empowerment of RDC office with two assistants per District will ease work and value for government money.

Intensifying the Fight against Corruption
Corruption remains a significant challenge in Uganda’s governance landscape. The revitalization of deputy RDC/RCC offices signals a proactive stance against corrupt practices. These officials will play a key role in promoting ethical conduct, ensuring compliance with regulations, and rooting out malfeasance within local administrations.

President Museveni’s decision underscores a commitment to combating corruption and fostering a culture of integrity across the country. It should be noted that NRM has zero tolerance to corruption, land grabbing, etc and that’s why very many experienced cadres and media personnel have been appointed by the president to report the corrupt, expose them and ensure that tax payer’s money will be well accounted for.

Bringing Services Closer to People
The government aims to decentralize decision-making processes and make essential services more accessible to communities. These local representatives will act as conduits between citizens and government agencies, facilitating prompt responses to public needs and concerns. The move towards bringing services closer to the people reflects a commitment to improving the quality of life for all Ugandans, particularly those in remote or underserved areas.

Easing Political Mobilisation
Restoring these offices will enhance political mobilisation efforts, enabling effective communication of the NRM’s agenda and priorities at the grassroots level. In addition to the above, the initiative of Wealth creation by the president of removing the remaining 38% of our population out of “Okukolera Ekidda kyonka,” to the money economy will easily be achieved by this group of mobilizers that have been appointed.

Promotion of the NRM Agenda
As a cornerstone of the NRM’s organisational framework, assistant RDCs and RCCs are instrumental in advancing the party’s agenda and principles. Their reinstatement underscores a commitment to promoting the NRM’s vision of progress, prosperity, and stability in Uganda. By aligning local governance structures with the NRM’s objectives, President Museveni seeks to create a conducive environment for sustainable development and collective prosperity

This move also comes at the right time when the President is seeking re-election in 2026 general elections and by the time the campaigns start, NRM will be far ahead of other political parties if at all they’re to compete against NRM since most of the opposition parties are weaker than ever before.

    As Ugandans, supporting the restoration of assistant RDCs and RCCs offices is not merely a matter of financial implication but a demonstration of our commitment to national advancement and inclusive governance.

    The benefits of this decision far outweigh the costs, as it represents a strategic investment in Uganda’s future prosperity and unity. By endorsing President Museveni’s initiative, we embrace a vision of a more efficient, accountable, and responsive government that works tirelessly to serve its people and secure a brighter tomorrow for all citizens.

    In conclusion, the restoration of these offices heralds a new era of grassroots empowerment, service delivery, and political engagement in Uganda. President Museveni’s leadership in this endeavor exemplifies a dedication to promoting patriotism, combating corruption, and advancing the NRM’s agenda for sustainable development.

    The Writer is a Senior Cadre and works with Office Of The the National Chairman NRM

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