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Museveni appoints over 350 Assistant RDCs, here’s what they will do and their salary

Kampala, (UG):- The office of the Presidency, headed by Minister Milly Babalanda over the weekend confirmed that President Museveni will now have up to 357 assistant RDCs/RCCs, a new staff position created under the Resident District/City Commissioners’ office.

The Assistant RDCs/RCCs, most of whom are cadres of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) will majorly be deployed to carry out mobilization work on behalf of the RDC’s office, which is the Presidential representative at the district or city level.

Although the letter addressed to one of the appointees, a copy seen by DailyExpress, does not specify the duties assigned, it is understood that the Assistant RDCs will work on instructions from the RDC and his Deputy, but much of it will be government and NRM party work.

“Following your appointment as Assistant Resident District Commissioner, in the Public Service; you are hereby posted to Kiruhura District. You are, therefore, advised to report to the Resident District Commissioner, Kiruhura for further duty instructions and assignment of duty,” reads a letter addressed to Gershom Mushabe, who has been appointed Kiruhura District Assistant RDC.

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This publication further understands that the Assistant RDCs will also be occupied with responsibilities such as fighting corruption, supervising government programmes and mobilization among others which even the RDCs and Deputy RDCs are doing.

“In terms of function, the RDCs/RCCs and Deputies will concentrate on monitoring and supervision of government services delivery while the Assistant RDCs/RCCs will largely focus on patriotism, mobilization and the fight against corruption,” Minister Babalanda’s communication further read.

Assistant RDCs/RCCs Salary

As far as remuneration is concerned, the Assistant RDCs/RCCs are expected to take home a consolidated salary of UGX 9.8M per annum, an equivalency of UGX 800,000 a month, subject to statutory deductions.

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Additionally, they will also be entitled to an allowance of UGX 110,000 per night and UGX 12,000 per day.

The new appointees, this publication understands, will undergo a 2-week induction course at NALI Kyankwanzi in May 2024 and the minister issued guidelines to sensitize them as they prepare to take on their new roles.

How is Assistant RDC different from Deputy RDC

The difference between a Deputy Resident District Commissioner (Deputy RDC) and an Assistant Resident District Commissioner (Ass RDC) lies primarily in their roles and responsibilities:

Deputy Resident District Commissioner (Deputy RDC): The Deputy RDC serves as the second-in-command to the Resident District Commissioner. They assist the RDC in carrying out their duties and may act on behalf of the RDC in their absence.

The Deputy RDC may have specific areas of responsibility or oversight within the district, depending on the organizational structure and needs of the district administration.

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Assistant Resident District Commissioner (Ass RDC): The Assistant RDC also assists the Resident District Commissioner in the administration of the district. They may have similar responsibilities to the Deputy RDC, including assisting with policy implementation, maintaining law and order, and coordinating government activities within the district.

However, the specific roles and responsibilities of an Assistant RDC may vary depending on the district’s needs and the preferences of the RDC.

In summary, both the Deputy RDC and Assistant RDC serve as key members of the district administration team, supporting the Resident District Commissioner in their efforts to govern the district effectively and represent the central government’s interests at the local level. The main difference between them lies in their titles and potentially in their specific areas of responsibility within the district administration structure.

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