Kibaale Leaders Walk Out Of Minister's Meeting Over Delayed New Districts

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Kibaale district leaders on Monday stormed out of a consultative meeting convened by Bunyoro Affairs Minister Ernest Kiiza over delayed operation of Kakumiro and Kagadi districts.

Kibaale district leaders on Monday stormed out of a consultative meeting convened by Bunyoro Affairs Minister Ernest Kiiza over delayed operation of Kakumiro and Kagadi districts.

The drama started when the minister in his speech revealed that the meeting aimed at discussing varying issues that affect Bunyoro, not necessarily the issue of the two new districts. His comment angered the local leaders, prompting them to walk out of the meeting held at Kibaale council hall.

Robinah Nabanja, the Kibaale district Woman Member of Parliament led the walkout. Nabanja attacked Kiiza of doing little follow up on the two districts yet President Museveni granted them and Parliament approved them.

The NRM Member of Parliament vowed to stage a protest on January 3, to showcase dissatisfaction over the delayed start of the two districts.

Robert Kanyeihamba, former Kibaale district council speaker and now Kagadi district councilor, accuses the minister of just confusing them to push forward government interests.

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District councilors Lawrence Bazara for Kakindo Sub County and Pofia Namara for Mpeefu Sub County say that without the districts functioning in 2016, they will not support President Museveni and his NRM party.

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The meeting ended prematurely as police deployed around the meeting venue. The consultative meeting involved Members of Parliament, political and religious leaders and representatives of civil society organisations.

During his 2011 election campaigns President Museveni granted Kagadi and Kakumiro district to be curved out of Kibaale district. Although he promised that the districts will be in operation the following financial year, this did not come to pass.

Due to pressure from the local leaders, the districts were approved by parliament to start operations this financial year, despite the fact that they were not in the budget. However, half of the financial year has gone by without the districts in place.
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