The Minister for Presidency, in the Office of the president, Hon. Esther Mbayo has called upon the Resident District Commissioners to mobilize support for President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and the National Resistance Movement (NRM) in their respective districts.
Mbayo noted that the NRM government has performed beyond expectations but detractors, she said don’t want to acknowledge the achievements.
“It is now your responsibility as RDCs to use the government airtime on different media houses and sensitize the public about these achievements,” she said.
Mbayo made these remarks while handing over 55 brand new vehicles to 55 RDCs across the country at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds in Kampala on Thursday this week.
You are the chief mobilisers for the current NRM government. Some detractors may threaten you by referring to you as public officers who are not supposed to be political but I want to assure you that public officers are supposed to serve the government with dedication and loyalty,” she noted.
She noted that the government has done a lot giving an example of Emyooga initiative, which aims at promoting the livelihood of Ugandans especially youth.
On 2021 polls, Mbayo asked RDCs to use all necessary means to stop violence that may erupt both before and after elections.
“Now that you have these vehicles, you can easily move from one area to another so we expect you to combat chaos,” she said.
Mbayo noted that all RDCs now have vehicles after the government first gave out 65 to the initial group in November last year.
She said her ministry will roll out vehicles for Deputy RDCs next year, should they win the elections.
Isaac Luraba, the Sironko District RDC hailed the government for the initiative saying he had been facing difficulties in monitoring government projects.
“The new type of vehicle we have got (Isuzu D-Max) will effectively help me a lot and as you may recall that we RDCs our major role is to monitor government projects, this will help us a lot by easing movements,” he said.
Among the entitlements that came with these vehicles are free servicing which the ministry said will be made after driving every 50,000 kilometers and external repair.
RDCs were called upon to jealously protect these vehicles from danger or could be required to repair them personally.