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MPs Propose to Remove Resident District Commissioners (RDCs)

BIG STORY: Members of Parliament have on Thursday proposed a bill that will see the office of the Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) scrapped should the bill be passed.

The move was tabled by Mbale City Member of Parliament Hon Wamanga Wamai who in his proposal also wants to see ministers be appointed from professionals of various fields and not from within the Members of Parliament.

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According to Wamai, this will promote efficiency in service delivery.

“We also need to save money by abolishing positions of RDCs. This is wasteful expenditure as these duplicate roles,” Wamai implored to the plenary.

Wamai was supported by Obongi County MP Kaps Fungaroo.

“Why does the President need to be represented in the district? Doesn’t the President believe in the office of LC 5 and other leaders in the district?” Kaps wondered.

He added: “We need to abolish the office of the RDC. We have RDCs who behave as though they are Presidents.”

The RDC assists its LGU members when so requested, in the preparation of local development plans, local investment programs, and in the preparation of program/project proposals for possible official development assistance.

Uganda to-date has at least 145 RDCs and 87 deputies nationwide.

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