Court Okays Operationalization of Rubanda District

1961 Views Kabale, Western Region, Uganda

In short
The decision quashed an application for an interim order filed by residents of Bubaare and Nyamweru Sub Counties, seeking to block the operationalization of the new district on grounds that they never wanted to remain in the mother district of Kabale.

High Court in Kabale district has Okayed the operationalization of the new district of Rubanda.

The decision quashed an application for an interim order filed by residents of Bubaare and Nyamweru Sub Counties, seeking to block the operationalization of the new district on grounds that they never wanted to remain in the mother district of Kabale.

On June 28, a group of residents from 69 villages led by Caleb Turyamutunga, a veteran soldier, filed an application before court to block the operationalization the new district which is set take place today July 1.

Through their lawyer Justus Muhangi of Muhangi and partners advocates, the residents argued that that the new district headquarters would take services further away from them contrary to the principles of decentralization.

They argue that the headquarters of the new district of Rubanda are situated 40 kilometers away as opposed to the mother district of Kabale, whose headquarters are located within a distance of 5 kilometers. The locals also filed a formal request to be annexed to Kabale Municipality.

However, Kabale Principal Assistant Secretary James Mugisha told court that the leadership of Kabale district has put in place all the necessary measures to ensure that the new district starts today. Mugisha added that a team of technocrats has been selected to run the district for a period of six months as further preparations are made.

The Deputy Registrar for Kabale High Court Samuel Emokor revealed that the district leadership of Kabale was served late and that the operationalization of the district could not hurt service delivery in the areas that would like to remain in the mother district. He advised the applicants to pursue the matter in the main suit which will be heard on July 13.

Lawyer Justus Muhangi told Uganda Radio Network that the decision is unfair.
 
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Kabale district chairperson Patrick Besigye Keihwa welcomed the decision saying that despite the fact that the locals would like to remain in the mother district, it is not prudent to block the new district from gaining autonomy.
 
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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.