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 By Mulengera Reporter

The Ministry of the Presidency is having a hard time convincing Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) and their deputies not to quit their jobs, to which they are appointed by President Yoweri Museveni, to seek elective positions which require a lot of money for campaigns.

Already, at least five RDCs in the Teso sub-region have resigned to go and try their luck at juicier jobs as MPs in the 11th Parliament, among other elective positions that will be decided in the 2021 local council, parliamentary and presidential elections.

Kaberamaido RDC George Edward Onya Akonopeesa  has quit to face off with Charles Ilukor in Kumi; Vincent Enomu, the deputy RDC of Katakwi, is out to tussle it out with  Cosmas Elotu in Soroti District’s Dakabela County; William Tukei  has left his Soroti RDC job to join those seeking the Bukedea District LCV job; Recho Adyango, the deputy RDC of Nebbi , has also quit to canvass votes for the Soroti Woman MP seat; while former Kaberamaido deputy RDC Samuel Odongo now wants  the Kumi parliamentary seat.

According to Dan Mulalu, the Private Secretary to the President, the Presidency had received a number of resignations from RDCs and their deputies but many had been advised against jumping into the murky waters of elective politics.

Mulalu told URN that all the vacant positions left behind by the RDCs and deputy RDCs seeking elective positions had been filled, and that he had reminded those who had quit of the two possibilities – win or loss – but was confident they had made calculated moves into politics.

Those who have insisted on running for parliamentary and local council slots such as Tukei say they cannot resist the calls of the people for better representation nor can they betray the confidence the people have in them by refusing to stand to offer them leadership and steer development.

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