There is uproar among leaders across Kigezi over the failure
by Kabale district to preserve the seats during the sittings of Kigezi district
council. Before it was split, Kigezi district council used to host councilors from
Ndorwa, Bufumbira, Rujumbura, Kinkiizi, Rubanda, and Rukiga counties.
Each of the counties has since been elevated to an independent
district namely Kabale, Kanungu, Kisoro, Rukiga and Rubanda. In Kigezi district
council each councilor sat on a chair engraved with the name of the county they
Kabale district local government retained the chairs
when Kigezi was split to give birth to new districts. However, some of the
chairs are now dilapidated and have been dumped on the verandah of Kabale
district council hall. This hasn’t gone down well with some leaders, saying the
chairs should have been repaired and preserved because of the history of Kigezi
reporter visited Kabale District council hall
and found the chairs that belonged to the Ndorwa and Bufumbira county
representatives outside the hall. A top civil servant from Kanungu
district told URN on condition of anonymity that he was perturbed when he saw
the seats dumped on the verandah of Kabale district council hall.
He wonders why Kabale District leadership has failed
to preserve the chairs for future remembrance. Abel Bizimana, the Kisoro
District LC 5 Chairperson faults Kabale district leadership for failure
to keep the chairs in the museum for the preservation of the history of the
area and promotion of tourism.
According to Bizimana, preserving such chairs helps to teach
the young generation the history of the political leadership of the country so
that they generate expertise while analyzing as well as predict the future
Bizimana says that he is considering withdrawing the chair,
which belonged to Bufumbira County for preservation since they are in talks with
Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) to construct a museum in their district.
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Andrewson Kateebire, the Rukungiri District LC 5 Chairperson
agrees with Bizimana, saying the seats should be repaired and exhibited in a
museum. Kateebire says that such chairs help to promote tourism
since it looks interesting once tourists get to know about tools that
were used during early council sessions.
Kateebire is still optimistic that Kabale district
local government will repair the chairs after recognizing their
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However, Loy Zikampereza, the Speaker Kabale District Council,
says despite knowing the importance of the seats they are unable to maintain
them due to lack of a museum. She also notes that has hasn’t received
any complaints about the chairs.