Govt Tables Proposal on New Districts

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Government has tabled a list of 22 districts for approval in parliament. The minister of local government Adolf Mwesige says the move is to ensure that services are brought closer to the people.

Government has tabled a list of 22 districts for approval in parliament. The minister of local government Adolf Mwesige says the move is to ensure that services are brought closer to the people.

Mwesige said government took into account the means of communication, geographical features, density of the population, the economic viability and the wishes of the people concerned. If approved by Parliament, this will bring the number of districts in the country to 132, up from the current 112.

The districts will take effect in different phases before the next general elections in 2016. In 2012 government plans to have only two new districts functioning.
 
Mwesige’s parliamentary constituency, Bunyangabu County, is also proposed as a new district to be cut from Kabarole district.
 
He says government had already budgeted for Kagadi and Kakumiro districts in this year’s budget. Kagadi is part of Kibaale District consisting of Buyaga East and Buyaga West Counties with its headquarters at Kagadi Town Council.

Kakumiro is also part of Kibaale District consisting of Bugangaizi East and Bugangaizi West Counties with its headquarters at Kakumiro Town Council.

Other districts include Butebo from Pallisa, Bugweri from Kamuli, Kagadi, Kakuuto, Kapelebyong from Amuria, Kasanda from Mubende, Kazo from Kiruhura and Kilak from Gulu. Others are Kitagwenda from Kamwenge, Kyadondo from Wakiso, Kyotera from Rakai, Nabilatuk from Nakapiripirit, Namisindwa, Omoro from Gulu, Pakwach from Nebbi, Rubanda and Rukiga from Kabale and Rwampara from Mbarara.

The increase in the number of districts has always drawn criticism from various sections of the public. While some politicians support it to curb political rivalry during elections, other groups say the move strains public resources.

Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE), a non-governmental organization in 2009 observed in a report that the cost of public administration was growing while at the same time creating obstacles to good governance and poverty alleviation.

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah referred the matter for further consideration to the Public Service and Local Government Committee. The committee has one week to conclude the matter.

 

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