Former RDCs Petition Kadaga Demanding Retirement Benefits

A delegation of former RDCs meeting Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.

A number of former Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) and Deputy RDCs have petitioned the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga calling on Parliament to enact a law under which they can be facilitated upon termination of their services.

These former government officials told the Speaker that it is high time Parliament thought about their plight given the sensitive services that they offer to the country.

The group that met the Speaker on Monday morning was led by Arua District former RDC, Thomas Okoth Nyalulu who noted that they always find hard time to settle in the community after the end of their services in the government position.

Okoth explained that the nature of their work that involves moving them from one district to another and given their busy schedule, and this limits them from setting up personal commercial ventures in their home districts as they cannot supervise them hence relying on their salaries and allowances alone.

These further argued that their termination is always abrupt and cannot allow them adequate time to prepare financially for their time out of service.

Okoth thus said that it would be in their interest if Parliament enacted a law that would streamline their facilitation after being laid off as RDCs and Deputy RDCs.

He said that such benefits would include; a monthly housing allowance, medical, security, transport, a monthly payment among other benefits.

They also proposed that the legal instrument streamline the mechanism of exit of serving RDCs and their deputies to provide ample notice of at least six months of impending termination.

“We kindly request you that Parliament enacted an instrument that can enable such benefits so that as former RDCs and Deputies can remain relative and hopeful in our country,” Okoth said.

Responding to their call, the Speaker promised to have their issues handled noting that their petition shall be sent to the Presidential Affairs committee for perusal and consideration before advising the entire house to take a final decision.

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