According to the councillors, the proposed Kyoga West County shall include Namasale Town Council, Acii, Itam, Awelo, Arwotcek, and Abeja Sub Counties.
Amolatar district council, has petitioned the Local Government
Minister Tom Butime seeking to Kyoga County split into two constituencies ahead
of 2021 general election.
With a population of 167,000 residents, the current Kyoga County
is made up of 16 Sub Counties including Aputi, Muntu, Namasale, Agigdak, Awelo,
Agwingiri, Arwotcek, Namasale Town Council, Acii, Itam, and Abeja Sub Counties
According to the councillors, the proposed Kyoga West County shall include
Namasale Town Council, Acii, Itam, Awelo, Arwotcek, and Abeja Sub
Geoffrey Ocen the district councillor representing Muntu Sub County argued that
the current County is big to be administered by only one Member of
Ocen is optimistic that creating a new constituency shall
adequately relieve the current leaders of the huge task and take services
nearer to the people.
Anthony Okello-Tango, the incumbent Kyoga County Member of
Parliament welcomed the proposal describing it as timely. He says that the process
to create the new county was initiated in 2010.
Bosco Okello, a resident of Amolatar town council says the
creation of another constituency will also give an opportunity to residents who
want to contest for elective office.
Okello urged the government to consider approving the proposal. Minister Tom
Butime said the proposal is yet to be approved by the cabinet before it is
presented to Parliament.
Once approved, Kyoga West County shall be the latest county to be created by
the government after Apac Municipality was created in 2017/2018 financial year.