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Review Appointment of RDCs, Presidential Advisors - MPs

The legislators contend that some RDCs have deviated from their cardinal role of monitoring government programmes to only attending workshops and fighting against local politicians.
Officials from Office of the President before the Presidential Affairs committee

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Parliament's Presidential Affairs committee wants government to review the appointment of Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) and presidential advisers.

The legislators contend that some RDCs have deviated from their cardinal role of monitoring government programmes to only attending workshops and fighting against local politicians.

MPs Susan Amero (Amuria Woman MP), Jessica Ababiku (Adjumani Woman MP) and Col Fred Mwesigye of Nyabushozi County say the roles of RDCs should either be clearly outlined with performance targets or scrapped to avoid redundancy.

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Currently, there are 168 RDCs and Deputy RDCs in the country. They earn about three million shillings each every month.

The legislators also took issue with the 106 presidential advisers appointed by the President. The legislators wondered why the advisers never meet the President, instead approaching politicians to help them seek audience with the appointing authority.

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State Minister in charge of Economic Monitoring, Kasirivu Atwooki admitted that during his tenure as presidential adviser on land matters, the President would only invite him if the matters in his docket needed urgent discussion.

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Katuramu however defended the RDCs' work, noting that the Presidency receives monthly reports on their work, through which they are evaluated and reappointed.

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During the meeting, Ethics minister, Reverend Father Simon Lokodo presented a 22.3 billion shillings budget shortfall to facilitate 23 presidential advisers on ministerial terms, and payment of RDCs in the new districts.

Out of this, about 1.5 billion shillings is needed to acquire vehicles, office accommodation, furniture and wage and duty allowances for the new RDCs in the new districts of Kagadi, Kakumiro, Omoro and Rubanda in the 2016/2017 financial year.