Kyankwanzi. The Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, has directed Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) and their deputies to market National Resistance Movement programmes in their various districts ahead of the 2016 general elections.
The RDCs, their deputies and District Internal Security Officers are attending a 10-day retreat at the National leadership Institute in Kyankwazi where they will be taken through sessions on their various roles.
Dr Rugunda, while opening the retreat on Monday, told the RDCs from all over the country that they have a responsibility to explain all NRM programmes in their districts.
“You are our eyes and ears on the ground in your respective districts. Your composition makes up the most crucial team with what it takes to make a difference in the lives of our people at the local levels,” Mr Rugunda said, adding that: “You have what it takes to ensure value for money, provision of political oversight under a secure environment for the implementation of the NRM manifesto.”
He said in less than one year, they will be returning to the Wanainci (citizens) to give accountability about how they have implemented the contract “we made with them in 2011”.
“We are therefore in the last lap of the relay and as such, we must increase and step up the momentum of demonstrating results of what we have done for the people. You are the people at the forefront of running this critical part of the race. We are counting on you in many ways,” Dr Rugunda said.
Dr Rugunda told the RDCs that their predecessors in 1986 were very successful in promoting the movement amid challenges.
“We had about 10 rebel groups operating in the country but the RDCs at that time worked under hard conditions to plant the NRM seed that spread across the country,” Dr Rugunda said adding that “this is a glorious history that you must build on”.