Kibaale Leaders Plan Demo Over New Districts

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Political leaders in Kibaale district are planning a peaceful demonstration protesting the delay by government to operationalise Kagadi and Kakumiro districts.

Political leaders in Kibaale district are planning a peaceful demonstration protesting the delay by government to operationalise Kagadi and Kakumiro districts.

The leaders say that service delivery in the two areas has remained poor because they are too big to be fully served by Kibaale district.

Led by area members of parliament, Ignatius Besisira for Buyaga East, Bernabas Tinkasimire for Buyaga West and Robbinah Nabbanja, the Kibaale Woman MP, the politicians have written to the Inspector General of Police seeking his clearance for the planned demonstration on July 2 this year.

 In a letter dated June 27 and addressed to Lieutenant General Kale Kayihura, the political leaders wondered why the two districts have not started yet the president gave them a go ahead.

In the 2011 presidential campaigns, President Yoweri Museveni granted Kakumiro and Kagadi district status to be curved out of Kibaale. The president assured residents that the new districts would begin operations the following financial year.

Although this triggered excitement among the locals, they are now unhappy accusing the president of giving them empty promises.
 
But area MPs are yet to give up. On Tuesday, Nabbanja, Tinkasimire and Besisira convened a meeting with local leaders, Non Governmental Organisations’ representatives and other stakeholders to discuss the issue.

It was resolved that a peaceful demonstration be held to express their disappointment over lack of implementation of the president’s pledge.

Nabbanja says during the protests they want to clearly tell the people that they are not responsible for the delayed operationalisation of the new districts.

Nabbanja says these two areas have what is required for a district saying they have a population of more than 70,000 people which is the basic requirement.

Besisira says district councilors hailing from Buyaga East and Buyaga West constituencies that make up the proposed Kagadi district, have been asked never to attend any Kibaale district council sessions until the new district starts.
 
Besisira says the councilors have no any business with Kibaale district now.
 
Meanwhile residents of the proposed Kagadi district have erected sign posts showing boundaries of the new district.
 
The sign posts have been erected at Buronzi on the Kagadi-Kibaale road, Muzizi on the Kagadi-Kyenjojo road and Nguse on the Kagadi-Hoima road.