Bufumbira Residents Renew Demand for New Constituency

3983 Views Kisoro, Western Region, Uganda

In short
Area residents say that President Yoweri Museveni pledged to facilitate the process to create Bukimbiri Constituency, as a new electoral area curved out of present day Bufumbira North. The presidents pledge was made during a public rally at Rubuguri Playground on December 30, 2015.

The unfulfilled pledge of splitting Bufumbira North Constituency dominated the belated International Labor day celebrations in Kisoro District.

The belated celebrations for a day marked globally on May 1, were held on (Friday) at Rubuguri playground in Kirundo Sub County. This year Uganda commemorated the day under the theme, "Building the nation through good work ethics."

Area residents say that President Yoweri Museveni pledged to facilitate the process to create Bukimbiri Constituency, as a new electoral area curved out of present day Bufumbira North. The president's pledge was made during a public rally at Rubuguri Playground on December 30, 2015.

However, no step has been taken towards the creation of the new constituency. The matter, which dominated the Friday activities, was first raised by the Kashija Cell local council chairperson, Emanuel Kasigwa who accused President Museveni for 'promising them air'.

Kasigwa was backed by John Tumuheirwe, the Kirundo Sub County Chairperson saying that the community is hungry for its own constituency and representatives to end marginalization under the current set up.
 
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Fideris Kanyamunyu, a businessman and resident of Rubuguri parish is optimistic that the new constituency will usher in better service delivery and development.  Kanyamunyu questions why the matter, which constituents hold so dear, has remained pending for more than two years.
 
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John Nizeyimana Kamara, the Member of Parliament for Bufumbira north says he will support the splitting of the constituency, if it is the will of the people.
 
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But State Minister for Local Government Jennifer Namuyangu called for patience saying the creation of a new constituency requires planning and resources.
 
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About the author

Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.