President Yoweri Museveni has asked Resident District Commissioners (RDC) and their deputies to improve their leadership skill in order to serve the populace better.
For over a week now, over 200 RDCs and deputies have been undergoing different courses at the National Leadership Institute- Kyankwanzi purposely to be equipped with skills that can represent the President better at their respected districts.
On Thursday last week, the minister for Security, Gen Elly Tumwine asked them to move from their fancy lifestyles and get to business. He also urged them to be more vigilant with security matters by interacting more with all sections of the public, including religious leaders, traditional leaders, doctors, media, farmers and those in the market places.
“Don’t just make desk reports, visit people, talk to them and create networks. The people are the ones who will give you useful security information,” said Gen Tumwine.
However, on Tuesday, which marked the climax of their full week retreat, President Museveni invited them toState House Entebbe for the full leadership lecture.
While addressing them, Museveni asked them to stop being lazy and try to identify the needs of the people they lead.
“As leaders, therefore, you need to wake up and take time and identify the needs of the people in your locality. Address them, don’t wait for others then they will see as their leaders,” said Museveni.
He also asked them to double up their ways of handling people because it will damage their image and that of the party.
“When one aspires for and assumes a leadership position, he/she must fortify himself /herself ideologically, otherwise you encounter and create problems because leadership means managing society,” he advised.
“You must also play a critical role in getting our people out of poverty, especially by supervising wealth creation programmes, fight crime and check corruption at local governments.”
The RDCs, who were dressed in the army uniforms, were also reminded to remember the core values of their party if they are to represent it in different ways.
“We as National Resistance Movement have to remain on our vision and mission of four key principles; Patriotism, Pan-Africanism, Democracy and Socio-Economic Transformation. This what we believe in, and you must know that they are crucial for Uganda’s transformation,” the President said.