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Bughendera County Leaders, Residents Renew Demand for District

Bughendera is a mountainous area predominately occupied by the Bakonzo. It is comprised of Kasitu, Ngamba, Ntoroto, Harugale, Ndugutu, Bukonjo, and Sidira sub-counties.
NRM members in Bughendera are demanding President Museveni to fulfill his political pledges notably granting the area a district status

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Residents and leaders in Bughendera County, Bundibugyo district have re-echoed their demand for a district.   They argue that the county located in the hard-to-reach mountains of Rwenzori faces numerous challenges that cannot be addressed by a small budget.

Bughendera is a mountainous area predominately occupied by the Bakonzo. It is comprised of Kasitu, Ngamba, Ntoroto, Harugale, Ndugutu, Bukonjo, and Sidira sub-counties.

In 2011, Bundibugyo vice-chairman Mbalibona Balilali presented a petition signed by over 15,000 residents to the former Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, demanding the creation of a district.

Richard Mwesige Kamende, the Bundibugyo district councilor representing workers says that currently, all the roads in Bughendera County are impassable amid the small budget given to the entire Bundibugyo district.   He wonders why even after the district council passed the resolution to create Bughendera district, a matter that was endorsed by President Museveni during the 2011, 2016, and 2021 campaigns, nothing has been done.

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Moses Murarwa, the Ntandi Town Council Councilor, says that the county is less attractive to civil servants and it’s not shocking that most government institutions including schools and health centres record high levels of absenteeism.   He argues that once a district is granted, some of the people who can compete for these jobs will be the natives.

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Moses Ngamba, the former district speaker says the resolution that was passed by the district council in 2010 was a result of demands from the residents who are in urgent need of better services.

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Annet Katusime, from Bubukwanga Sub County, says that the electorates want to secede because they have been sidelined by the leadership in terms of resource allocation.  She also believes that if Bughendera is granted district status, they will avoid conflicts that have marred the politics in Bundibugyo.

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Jerome Kule says that farmers in the county are stranded with their vanilla because of the poor road network and access to the markets.

The Bughendera County MP Acrobat Moses Kiiza, says they are renewing their demand because the government has failed to honor the people's demand.  He also says that the delay to grant the country district status could affect the NRM party's support.

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