Leaders Call for Unity as New District Offices Open

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Key technical staffs that were appointed in acting capacity to kick-start the new districts officially started working this morning. Those already appointed are Chief Administrative Officers, District Planners, Finance Officers and Education Officers. Elections for district chairpersons and other leaders in the new districts are set for August 26 and 29.

Residents in the new districts of Kagadi and Kakumiro are hoping for improved service delivery and job creation as the district offices open for services this morning.

The two districts, comprising of Bugangaizi East, Bugangaizi West, Buyaga East and Buyaga West constituencies, were curved out of Kibaale, in Bunyoro sub region. 

They are among the four new districts approved by cabinet in 2015, all of which became operational on Friday July 1. The others are Omoro, curved out of Gulu in Northern Uganda and Rubanda, curved out of Kabale in Western Uganda. Their operationalization brings the total number of districts to 116.

Key technical staffs that were appointed in acting capacity to kick-start the new districts officially started working this morning. Those already appointed are Chief Administrative Officers, District Planners, Finance Officers and Education Officers. Elections for district chairpersons and other leaders in the new districts are set for August 26 and 29.

Yonan Tibuhwa, a farmer in Kakumiro hopes that the district will pave way for improvement of the road infrastructure and improve access to markets and other social services. Tibuhwa says their areas remained under served under the mother Kibaale district.

Michael Tumusiime, a university graduate, is optimistic that the new administrative units will help address the unemployment problem in the various regions.

Florence Lubowa, a resident of Kasambya Sub County hopes for improved service delivery saying there is now a chance for close monitoring of government projects.
 
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Meanwhile, leaders of the newly created district of Rubanda have called for reconciliation and unity as the district becomes operational. This' as a group of residents from 69 villages in the Sub Counties of Bubare and Nyamweru, object to their inclusion in the new district boundaries.

Through their lawyer Justus Muhangi of Muhangi and partners advocates, the residents led by Caleb Turyamutunga, a veteran soldier filed an application before court arguing 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.

Joventa Turinomuhangi, the LCV Councillor for Ikumba Sub County revealed that the new district should be used to unite further the people of Rubanda and not to bring disagreements.

Muko Sub County LCV Councillor Pastori Twinomuhangi says that the district has vast resources which can be very beneficial to them especially in the tourism sector. He says that the district which is enriched with Iron ore and Wolframite, among other minerals has the capacity to prosper.

Rubanda County East Legislator Henry Musasizi says the group that plotted to block the new district needs reorientation so that it can appreciate opportunities in the new district.
 
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However Caleb Turyamutunga a veteran soldier who is leading a group says that the creation of Rubanda district is an inconvenience.

 

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