Burahya County is currently the biggest in the country with 5 town councils and 12 sub-counties. The split is being spearheaded by the MP Burahya County, Margaret Muhanga. Muhanga says that the constituency is too big for her and has affected the extension of social services.
A section of leaders in Kabarole district are protesting a move to curve an additional parliamentary constituency out of Burahya County.
Burahya County is currently the biggest in Kabarole with 5 town councils and 12 sub-counties.
The split is being spearheaded by the MP Burahya County, Margaret Muhanga. Muhanga says that the constituency is too big for her and has affected the extension of social services.
She also argues that if there are more MPs from Kabarole District in Parliament, it would result into more lobbying power for the area.
According to the proposal, Burahya County will be split into two constituencies: North and South.
Burahya South will comprise of Sub Counties of Kasenda, Ruteete, Karangura, Kiguma, Mugusu, Karambi and town councils of Kasenda, Mugusu and Kiko.
Burahya North will have Kabende, Hakibaale, Busoro, Kicwamba, Harugongo, Bukuuku Sub Counties and Town Councils of Kijura and Karago.
The motion to split the constituency will be tabled before the district council this month.
However, some councillors have rejected the proposal.
Joseph Mashuuko, the Karambi Sub County district Councillor argues that there is no budget that is allocated to a new constituency. He explains that the county has adequate and competent leaders who are in position to extend services to the people without necessarily creating another constituency.
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He also says that some leaders and residents in the constituency were not consulted.
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Jorum Bintamanya, the Fort Portal Municipality South Division Councillor to the district, notes that there is no need of dividing Burahya. He says that MPs are given vehicles, fuel and allowances to enable them reach the furthest points of their constituencies.
Bintamanya says that if Muhanga sees the need for improving service delivery in the area, she is mandated to provide the services other than agitating for the split of the county.
Robert Kamanayire, a resident of Kiko town council notes that most of the infrastructure in the county was lobbied for when the area was still bigger than it is today.