The ongoing retreat for RDCs at the National Leadership Institute, Kyankwanzi continues with a lot of efforts being dedicated towards strengthening the monitoring and inspectorate function in government. This is intended to achieve improved service delivery through developing functional linkages between Ministries, Departments and Agencies(MDAs) and the office of the RDC. In this regard the Ministry of Finance has agreed to involve RDCs in budget monitoring of financial disbursements sent to different local governments.

This was agreed upon after a presentation by PS/ST to the treasury brought out the need for RDCs to be vigilant and follow every funds spent.

The Ministry of Health in conjunction with the State House Drug Monitoring Unit have also agreed to design a drug monitoring checklist that RDCs can use to monitor drug usage and uptake in different district hospitals and health centres across the country. The checklist will be simple for easy usage of non-medical staff like RDCs. This was agreed upon after the presentation by Dr Diana Atwiine, the director of Medicines and Drug Monitoring Unit at State House.

“We have made a strategic decision to ensure the ongoing retreat is geared more towards training and retooling RDCs and their deputies to ensure effective supervision takes place. This training is strategically focusing on monitoring and evaluation techniques of central and local government programs by RDCs. We are therefore taking concrete steps to set up practical and working linkages with critical government ministries that are at the heart of service delivery to the everyday citizen” Hon. Frank Tumwebaze while introducing the retreat objectives to the various presenters from the various sectors of government.

The Minister of Health, General Duties Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye gave a detailed report of the ongoing efforts regarding improvements that are taking place in the health sector. He also took the opportunity to sensitize the RDCs on personal health issues and encouraged them to avoid alcoholism, avoid smoking, to watch what they eat, eat more fruits and vegetables and most of all to always do physical exercises to keep fit. He further encouraged the RDCs to by all means avoid contracting HIV/AIDS so that they can live longer and be more useful to the nation.
The retreat continues with more presentations and linkages to be built with other watchdog bodies such as Police’s CIID, IGG’s office, DPP, Ministry of Works, UNRA, Road Fund, NFA and Ministry of Education.