President Yoweri Museveni says he was actually satirising FDC presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye, on the issue of Resident District Commissioners.
Over the weekend, Museveni said agreed with Besigye that RDCs are useless.
He was addressing a joint meeting of the 2016 NRM flag-bearers (district chairpersons and MPs) at State House, Entebbe.
Museveni, according to Daily Monitor, attacked RDCs for failure to supervise and explain government programmes.
“For the first time, I agree with Besigye…. I may not agree with him on other things, but some RDCs are useless, we spend money on them but they don’t add anything…,” Museveni is quoted as saying.
“They [RDCs] don’t explain government programmes and they don’t guide people on how to fight poverty.”
Museveni withdraws comment
Speaking at a press conference in Soroti on Tuesday, Museveni said he was being sarcastic when he said he agrees with Besigye on RDCs.
However, Museveni pointed, he has had some grievances about them.
“The statement was sarcastic. I have seen seeing Besigye attacking RDCs. So, if you don’t know that [sarcasm] am telling you now.”
Sarcasm is a form of derision that uses irony to mock or convey contempt.
Deputy government spokesperson, Ofwono Opondo, says Museveni’s reference to Dr Besigye came as the President was talking about the general service delivery infrastructure of government.
“The President is not saying RDCs should be abolished but they must justify their existence because some of them are useless,” Opondo told Monitor.
“They are not playing their role effectively as they should be, to justify their existence. Many of these RDCs are like ministers and MPs.”
He continued: They are absentee RDCs. More than half of the RDCs don’t even reside in their districts, they have failed to monitor and explain government programmes.”
Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister for Presidency who supervises the 112 RDCs and their deputies cited lack of facilitation as the reason for poor performance by RDCs.