Minister for the Presidency, Milly Babirye Babalanda has urged Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) across the country to entrench the government’s development agenda by involving grassroots leaders.
The minister made the call in a memo she issued to all RDCs and RCCs last Friday.
“As part of improving service delivery at the grassroots, I have instructed RDCs and RCCs to share relevant information on government programs with LC1s in their respective areas. If we’re to succeed, village leaders must be brought on board to mobilize citizens into the development agenda,” she said.
It should be remembered that Babalanda’s guidance comes at a time when President Museveni directed all NRM mobilisers to find creative ways to sell the NRM manifesto to the masses.
The NRM national chairman warned that it is no longer feasible for any NRM mobiliser most notably RDCs and RCCs to cling on the party’s historical rhetoric of liberation to win over the masses. He guided that the messages should rather be packaged in a direction of wealth creation and improvement of people’s welfare if the development agenda is to be adopted and accepted by the common Uganda.
This explains why Minister Babalanda, an astute mobilizer, urged the RDCs to involve village leaders in the mobilization effort. Ultimately, Babalanda’s move is a pragmatic approach since involving these village leaders will help mobilizers to identify localized needs of the masses and therefore align their messages with appropriate solutions.