Kabale District Leaders Summoned over Rubanda Boundaries

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Leaders and locals of Nyamweru and Bubare Sub Counties led by Caleb Turyamutunga, a veteran soldier had early this year petitioned the local government ministry saying that the new district headquarters would take services further away from them contrary to the principles of decentralization.

The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has summoned Kabale district leaders following controversies surrounding the newly created Rubanda district.

The move follows bickering involving the Sub Counties of Bubare and Nyamweru that are seeking legal redress challenging their inclusion in the boundaries of the new district.

Leaders and locals of Nyamweru and Bubare Sub Counties led by Caleb Turyamutunga, a veteran soldier had early this year petitioned the local government ministry saying 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.

With the new district set to be operational by July 1, the concerned locals say that they opted for legal redress since there was no response to their petition.

But Kabale District Chairperson Patrick Besigye Keihwa told Uganda Radio Network that the leaders have been summoned by the Prime Minister to meet with the concerned locals and leaders and avert a possible governance crisis in the area.

Those summoned include the Sub County Chiefs for Nyamweru and Bubaare, Kabale District Speaker Pastoli Twinomuhangi, Kabale District Vice Chairperson Mary Bebwajuba and area Members of Parliament.
 
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 Jimmy Kamugisha one of those opposed to the decision of being part of Rubanda district welcomes the decision by the office of the Prime Minister saying that this will give chance to dialogue before they seek legal actions.
 
He says that they will however not change their stand on the matter saying that the development will only take services far away from them yet the creation of the new district is aimed at bringing the services closer to the people.
 

 

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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.

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