Kibaale Leaders Wait For Kakumiro, Kagadi Districts

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Kibaale district leaders are becoming impatient as they wait for actual operations of Kakumiro and Kagadi districts in vain. In July, the minister of local government Adolf Mwesige tabled before parliament a motion on creating new districts including Kakumiro and Kagadi, but the matter has never been debated upon.

Kibaale district leaders are becoming impatient as they wait for actual operations of Kakumiro and Kagadi districts in vain.
 
The two districts, to be curved out of the current Kibaale district, were among the 22 new districts created this year and were to start operations effective July 1st
 
President Yoweri Museveni granted the two districts in his 2011 election campaigns. Despite his promise that the new districts would be operational in the financial year 2011/12, this did not materialize sparking off a protest by local leaders and residents.

Under pressure, government in July this year announced that the districts have been operationalized and that 1.1 billion shillings had been earmarked as start up funds for each of the districts. It’s now the end of the last quarter of the financial year and nothing is seen on ground.

Local leaders who jubilated after government announced the creation of the districts mid this year seem to be now running out of patience as they look for answers as to when their districts will start operations.

Robert Kanyeihamba, the former Kibaale district speaker and Kagadi town council district councilor, wonders when the actual operations of the district will be seen as the first quarter of the financial year is ending. Kanyeihamba says the split of Kibaale is much desired for better service delivery which has for long eluded residents due to the district’s vast size.

The councilor says with 35 sub counties and a population of more than half a million people, government is unfair not to urgently actualize the split.

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George William Bizibu, the Kibaale district council speaker whose council early this year blessed the district’s split, wondered why parliament was taking long to approve the districts.

In July, the minister of local government Adolf Mwesige, tabled before parliament a motion on creating new districts including Kakumiro and Kagadi, but the matter has never been debated upon.

Uganda Radio Network could not readily get a comment from area members of parliament as they did not answer or return phone calls.

On Thursday, Sarah Opendi Acheng, the state minister designate for Primary Health Care, supported the local leaders on Kibaale district split and vowed to support the motion when it is tabled for debate in parliament. The minister said she had witnessed the poor road network in the area which she says would improve with the creation of more districts.

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