Kadaga (C) meeting with former RDCs
Former Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) s and Deputy RDCs have today petitioned the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga seeking parliament to enact a law under which they can be facilitated as they retire.
RDCs and their deputies are appointed by the president to coordinate the administration of Government services in the districts.
Led by Okoth Nyalulu Thomas, the former RDC of Arua district, the RDCs explained that due to the nature of their work that involves switching them from one district to the other and their busy schedule, it limits them from setting up personal commercial ventures in their home districts as they cannot supervise them.
They said this leaves them relying on their salaries and allowances.
They further noted that their termination is always abrupt and cannot allow them adequate notice and financial preparations.
Given the matters above, former RDCS and their deputies now want parliament to enact a legal instrument where they can be facilitated with housing and monthly funds for health, transport, security allowances among other benefits that may deemed fit upon termination of their services.
They further propose that the legal instrument streamline the mechanism of exit of serving RDCs and their deputies to provide ample notice of at least six months of impending termination.
In her response, the speaker Rebecca Kadaga promised to send their plea to the Presidential Affairs Committee of Parliament for further study before the committee makes recommendations to the house.
Uganda currently has over 200 and their deputies.
The development comes barely a month President Yoweri Museveni assented to the Administration of the Judiciary Bill, 2018 that will see Chief Justice and his or her deputy continue getting the benefits they enjoy while still in active service at the judiciary even after they have retired.