The proposed counties were approved by the cabinet on June 15. They include Buhweju West, Buwekula South, Kiboga West, Lamwo East, Bugangaizi South, Chekwi East, Mulanda, and Kwania North. On the same list is Buyanja East, Kagoma North, Ngariam, Agago West, Bukanga North, Bukimbiri and Nakaseke Central.
Parliament has delayed
a decision on the creation of 15 new counties amidst procedural queries from
The proposed counties were approved by the cabinet
on June 15. They include Buhweju West, Buwekula South,
Kiboga West, Lamwo East, Bugangaizi South, Chekwi East, Mulanda, and Kwania
North. On the same list
is Buyanja East, Kagoma North, Ngariam, Agago West,
Bukanga North, Bukimbiri and Nakaseke Central.
Today, Local Government Minister Raphael
Magyezi told parliament that up to
31 constituencies had applied to be split and pave way for the creation of new
counties. However, his ministry made verifications and approved 15, depending on the urgency of the need for effective administration and representation.
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But his motion
reactions from legislators questioning the rationale of
creating the selected counties
and leave behind others which had been pending over the
years. Aruu South MP Odonga Otto questioned why the new counties were being handled
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Ngora Woman MP Jackeline
Amongin and Mitooma Woman MP Jovah Kamateeka also
questioned why the government has decided to be selective in the creation of new
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Dokolo Woman MP
Cecilia Ogwal tried to persuade her colleagues to receive the first 15 new
counties in vain.
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Kinkizi West MP
James Kaberuka objected
to the plea, saying that a number of requests that were pending for a very long
time have been ignored. Magyezi appealed for more time to process all the proposed counties
and bring a report to parliament at a later stage in vain.
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The Speaker of
Parliament Rebecca Kadaga deferred the matter on the new counties giving
Minister Magyezi three weeks to report back to the House with a harmonized
position. “This House is not closing tomorrow. We are here. I have seen the 2015 report and there are a
lot of resolutions made... requesting for Constituencies,” she said.
If approved by
parliament, the number of legislators will increase in the 11th Parliament to include another 15 from the new
counties. The Tenth Parliament currently has 457