Rukiga District council has passed a motion to split Rukiga County
into two constituencies.
The district started its operations in July 2017 after it had been
curved from Kabale district. Since then, it remained both a county and a district.
council session held on Thursday at the district council hall in Mparo town
council, Pauline Mugyenyi Rugyira, the Chairperson for Finance Planning
Administration works and technical services who is also the district female
councillor for Kashambya sub-county presented a motion to split the county and
create Rukiga North and South Constituency.
Rukiga North will comprise Kamwezi, Bukinda sub-counties and Muhanga
town council while Rukiga South will include Kashambya, Rwamucucu sub-counties
and Mparo town council.
Rugyira says that the purpose of creating two constituencies is to
extend services nearer to the people of Rukiga. She also argues that the
creation of two constituencies will foster development in the district.
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Rugyira was seconded by Michael Kwarikunda Mbareeba, the district
male youth councillor who is also the district vice-chairperson. He said that
the creation of Rukiga North and South Constituencies will give Rukiga an
opportunity of having three representatives in Parliament instead of two.
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Jackson Muganiizi, the District councilor representing Kwamwezi Sub
County denied allegations that the creation of the two constituencies is based
on the political feud between Rukiga North and South where voters from
Kashambya, Rwamucucu sub-counties and Mparo town council have been accusing
those of Kamwezi sub-county of vote bribery, vote-rigging and voting
bad leaders under the influence of money.
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Last month, the Minister of Local Government, Raphael Magyezi said
that the government indefinitely suspended the creation of new administrative
structures across the country.
According to Magyezi, the new units have widened the funding gaps
of lower local governments and the government is currently looking for money to
fund the recently created districts and cities.
Magyezi said that the local leaders, politicians, and public
should instead focus on the creation of economic zones in the already existing
districts to boost local revenue collections.
Last year, the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, said
Ugandans who agitate for the creation of districts, constituencies, and other
political units are creating a burden to the treasury. Kadaga explained that
Ugandans should know that the creation of more political units increases
government expenditure to pay salaries and allowances to numerous officials who
occupy the new offices in the mushrooming administrative units.