President Yoweri Museveni has asked Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) and their deputies to focus on identifying the problems affecting the people they lead and provide solutions.
The President said this Tuesday while addressing hundreds of RDCs and deputies at State House in Entebbe.
Museveni’s address marked the close of a week-long induction course they have been undergoing at the National Leadership Institute Kyankwanzi. In October last year, the President released a list of transfers and new appointments for RDCs and their deputies.
In his speech on Tuesday, the President noted the importance of a strong rooting in ideology absence of which, new leaders are likely to encounter and create problems.
“When one aspires for and assumes a leadership position, they must fortify themselves ideologically, otherwise you encounter and create problems,” Museveni said in a statement after the meeting.
He said the RDCs have a challenging tasks ahead of them especially given that they are leading human beings who unlike other creatures adapt nature to their needs rather than adapting themselves to nature.
“Therefore a leader needs to take time and identify the needs of the people and address them”.
The Kyankwanzi course is good because it helps you appreciate the dynamics of man and society, the President said.
“Like a patient, one cannot treat society’s ills unless they have done a proper diagnosis. This helps you clarify your vision about society,” he told the delegation.
“RDCs, therefore, as leaders must identify the needs of the societies they lead and provide solutions”.
In addition, he appealed to them to be at the forefront of eradicating poverty within the masses. He said the RDCs have a critical role in supervising wealth creation programmes in their localities as well as fighting crime and checking corruption at local governments.
He equally pointed out the need to give attention to education and appropriate use of technology if society is to be transformed, if government is to get more Ugandan into the money economy.
Museveni reminded the leaders of the NRM’s principles – Patriotism, Pan-Africanism, Democracy and Socio-Economic Transformation – noting that these are crucial for Uganda’s transformation.