The contestants mainly flag bearers of the ruling National Resistance Movement NRM party said that their people have been deprived of services because they do not have elected leaders, eight months since the new districts became operational.
The interim Chairpersons will serve for a maximum period of six months, after which elections by universal suffrage shall take place. According to the Local Government Act, the interim district chairperson is elected by the interim district council from among its members by secret ballot supervised and conducted by the Electoral Commission.
196 MPs voted Thursday evening in favour of a motion that was tabled last month by the Local Government Minister, Adolf Mwesige, seeking to create new districts. Only six MPs voted against the creation of new districts while three MPs abstained in a vote conducted by Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah.
According to the new motion, districts to be created effective 1st July 2016 include Kagadi, Kakumiro, Omoro and Rubanda. Those to come into effect by 1st July 2017 include Namisindwa, Pakwach, Butebo, Rukiga, Kyotera and Bunyangabu.
The government has secured a total of over 400 million shillings to tarmac roads in Otuke district. This is the first time government is moving to tarmac roads in in the area since July 2009 when Otuke was curved out of Lira district.
Two parishes in Ntoroko district which were elevated to town councils havenâ€™t accessed funds for the 2013/2014 financial year. In 2012, Ntoroko District Council approved the creation of Rwebisengo and Haibale town councils. The town councils started operating in the 2013/2014 financial but are yet to receive funds, for service provision.
Parliament has received petitions from groups opposed to the creation of new districts, just weeks after government tabled a proposal in the House for 23 new districts to be created. The committee on Public Service and Local Government has, however, also received petitions from those who say the process of creating new districts has delayed.
Local leaders in Kasese district are angry with the government for delaying to split the district, two years after the district council approved the plan. In 2010, Kasese district council unanimously approved the plan to split the district into three.