Today, ten former RDC’s presented a proposal in a petition to the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, for a legal instrument which they want to have a retroactive effect with emoluments computed from the current financial year.
Former Resident District Commissioners
(RDCs) and Deputy Resident District Commissioners want Parliament to enact a law under which they will be facilitated with monthly housing, health,
transport, security and other allowances upon the termination of their service.
RDC’s are appointed by the
President under Article 203 of the Constitution to, among others, coordinate
the administration of government services in the districts, advise the district
chairpersons on matters of national nature that may affect the district, its
plans and programmes as well as carry out other duties as assigned by the
Today, ten former RDC’s presented
a proposal in a petition to the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga, for a
legal instrument which they want to have a retroactive effect with emoluments computed
from the current financial year.
Thomas Okoth Nyalulu, who served
as RDC in Arua and Pallisa district says that they should be seconded and
sponsored into a debriefing and retooling institute preferably affiliated to
Parliament or Uganda Management Institute (UMI) to aid their smooth
re-integration into the society upon expiry of their terms.
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Defending their financial
requests, Nyalulu said that the rigour and sensitivity of the duties, which
included chairing the District Security Committees impeded them from setting up
personal commercial ventures in their own home districts because of the duty-enforced
He added that they could not even
set up commercial ventures in their districts of service because of the
uncertainty of the duration of stay in a particular area. Nyalulu explained
that the potential of conflict of interest prevented them from setting up
development projects and therefore solely depended on their salaries and
“Many have since retired into
pathetic financial situations with precarious personal security, rendering them
vulnerable to elements in society without any provision for state support
despite their loyal service,” Nyalulu said.
William Kintu Monday, the former
Pallisa Deputy RDC also told the Speaker that despite the gravity of the
office, their termination is abrupt and does not allow them adequate time and
financial preparation. He said that upon the termination of service, their salaries
are stopped and left with no other regular source of income to fall back to.
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Kadaga said that she would raise
the matter on the floor of parliament and also task Parliament’s Presidential
Affairs Committee to scrutinize the petition.
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The petition by the former RDCs
and Deputy RDCs come just after a month since President Yoweri Museveni
assented to the Judiciary Administration Bill in which former judicial officers
are to receive salaries and different allowances.
Currently, RDCs and their
deputies are paid Shillings 1.5 million and Shillings 1.4 million monthly