Kasese District Councilors Divided Over Administrative Units

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Kasese district council has upheld a motion that seeks to split the entire district into three Local Government administrative Units. The motion was tabled two weeks ago, by Rev. Can Julius Kithaghenda, the L C5 chairman, but was met by stiff resistance from the opposition members of the council. Joshua Masereka, the former Vice Chairman, seconded the motion. The chairman argued that the motion was based on a memorandum signed by more than 1,100 people. On Tuesday, the Kasese district council chaired by John Baguma, the speaker, voted in favor of the motion. The councilors approved the creation of Rwenzori, Kasese and Bwera administrative units. Council also approved the creation of Bukonzo North Constituency in Bwera district. But Opposition councilors, Jovenale Muke, the Kyondo Sub-county councilor, John Kimadi, the Muhokya sub-county councilor and Godfrey Mwahulwa Madebeya, the Kisinga sub-county councilor, stormed out of the council chambers, claiming the decision has been taken against the will of the people they represent. Madebeya said, his people rejected the proposal to split the district, because it could spark off divisive sentiments among the Bakonjo. 12 members of parliament will represent the new administrative units. The entire Kasese district has in the past been represented by five MPs. Rwenzori district will be comprised of Mubuku and Kuruhe Constituencies, while Kasese district will have Kilembe and Katwe Constituencies, where as Bwera will be comprised of Bukonzo East, West and North Constituencies. The council resolution now awaits approval at the national level so that the proposed districts can be allowed to be operational. Winfred Kiiza, the District Woman Councilor says, splitting the district is a waste of time, because people will be required to vote twice, in any bye-election. Christopher Kibanzanga, the Busongora south MP also says the timing has been wrong. He argues that while the idea may be good, the timing is bad because many people could perceive it as a political maneuver intended to woo political support.


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