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Govt To Review Moratorium On New Districts

The proposed districts include Kagadi, Kakumiro, Omoro, Namisindwa, Pakwach, Butebo, Rukiga, Rubanda, Kitagwenda and Kyotera. Others are Kyadondo, Nabilatuk, Bugweri, Kasanda, Bunyangabu, Kwania, Kapelebyong, Obongi, Kazo, Rwampara, Kikuube, Madi Okollo and Kihiihi. Two other districts are expected to be created from Kasese district.

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Government is considering lifting a moratorium on creation of new districts in the country.

Local Government Minister, Adolf Mwesige told Parliament  that  a  moratorium placed by President Yoweri Museveni in 2012 will be reviewed to check the viability of whether the country needs more districts.

Government in 2012 presented a motion for creation of 25 new districts. The proposed districts include Kagadi, Kakumiro, Omoro, Namisindwa, Pakwach, Butebo, Rukiga, Rubanda, Kitagwenda and Kyotera.

Others are Kyadondo, Nabilatuk, Bugweri, Kasanda, Bunyangabu, Kwania, Kapelebyong, Obongi, Kazo, Rwampara, Kikuube, Madi Okollo and Kihiihi. Two other districts are expected to be created from Kasese district.

A report by the Public Service and Local Government committee recommended that government treats the moratorium on creation of new districts as a temporary measure until  after the 2014 National Population Census final results  have been released. The Census result being compiled by Uganda Bureau of Statistics are expected at the end of this year.

Grace Freedom Kwiyucwiny, committee chairperson in a report  to parliament  says in the meantime, government should ensure that adequate resources are directed to strengthen the existing local governments to deliver effectively.

She also noted that starting up a new district constrains government\'s budget and the already constrained resources have little impact on the socio-economic life of people.

Her committee  recommends that Rukiga and Rubanda in Kabale; Kagadi and Kakumiro in Kibaale district, Kyadondo in Wakiso district, Madi-Okollo in Arua district and two from Kasese districts should be considered first given their huge populations as registered in the 2014 census.

Mwesige,  says the creation of new districts is still on hold majorly due to lack of financial constraints. He says government requires a minimum of 59 billion Shillings to create a new district and 14 billion Shillings to run each annually. This translates to a kitty of about 2 trillion Shillings for the 25 districts.

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He says cabinet has to meet again and discuss on whether the moratorium should be lifted. He promise to to return to parliament with a report in three weeks from now

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The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah deferred debate on the report pending government\'s response.

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