The proposal to split Kabarole has generated mixed feelings amongst residents of the district.
On Tuesday while campaigning in Kibiito Sub County, President Museveni said that with effect from the next financial year, Bunyagabu County will be elevated to a district status.
Museveni said that last year, he received a memorandum from the leaders in Bunyagabu demanding for district status.
The split of Kabarole leaves it with only two counties Burahya and Fort Portal municipality.
Emmanuel Karamagi, a resident of Fort Portal town says that dividing the district was a reward from the president because the area is a stronghold of the NRM party and not to provide services as it is always presumed.
Karamagi says that other than splitting districts, government should provide enough funds to districts so that the people can be able to access the services.
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Beatrice Kabajungu, a resident of Karambi says that Kabarole should not be split because it will become so small compared to the past when it had seven counties.
The counties were Kyaka, Mwenge, Kibaale, Bwamba, Busongora, Burahya and Bunyagabu.
Kabajungu blames the local leaders in Bunyagabu for misleading the President that the people of Bunyagabu want a district. She says that the creation of Bunyagabu district will benefit only the local leaders because they want to seek for elective offices.
However David Sabitti, a trader in Mpanga commends Museveni for splitting the district. He says that the creation of Bunyagabu district will create job opportunities for the residents.
He also says that it will also be easy for Kabarole district officials to monitor the activities because the district will be small.