Through their lawyers, Byamukama, Kaboneke and Co. Advocates, the leaders argue that the resolution by Kabarole district council to create Fort Portal Tourism City by annexing Karambi Sub County to Fort Portal Municipality was illegal and shouldn’t be considered by the ministry.
A section of leaders from Karambi Sub County, Kabarole district
have petitioned the Minister of Local Government, Tom Butime, against the
creation of Fort Portal Tourism City.
Through their lawyers, Byamukama, Kaboneke and Co. Advocates, the leaders argue
that the resolution by Kabarole district council to create Fort Portal Tourism
City by annexing Karambi Sub County to Fort Portal Municipality was illegal and
shouldn’t be considered by the ministry.
The leaders are Robert Monday, the councillor for Gweri Parish and also LC III
vice chairperson for Karambi Sub County; Rosette Kabarangira, Councillor for
Buteebe Parish and Secretary for Health and Education at Karambi Sub County;
Annet Kanshabe, councillor Karambi Parish in Karambi Sub County and Joseph
Mashuhuko, the Kabarole district councillor for Karambi Sub County.
They note that there were no consultations with the residents before
the resolution on such an important matter contrary to constitution articles
179, and other laws.
The leaders also argue that the process of annexing the sub County
to the municipality was steered by individual politicians who have vested interests
in order to create personal boundaries and marginalize their opponents.
“As a technical proposal, the creation of a new administrative
unit, the resolution is poorly formulated, inadequate and will result in
failure,” reads part of the petition.
The leaders want the Ministry of Local Government to review the
resolution and the reasons for creating the Fort Portal Tourism City in order
to restore transparency and harmony in the process. They also demand adequate
consultation of the residents and re-formulate the proposal for the creation of
the city to meet consensus of the local community.
They note that should their demands are not met, they will head to
court for legal redress.
Last month, hundreds of Karambi Sub County residents staged a
peaceful demonstration and walked to Kabarole district headquarters to show
their dissatisfaction with leaders whom they accused of being against the
However, they were informed by the
Kabarole LC5 Chairperson Richard Rwabuhinga who told them that Karambi Council
had in 2015 passed a resolution to join the municipality for a city status and
that it’s the same motion that was considered to annex the sub-county because it was never
The petition by the leaders has since been criticized from the
public, with many people accusing them of sabotaging development.
Last year, government moved to turn 9 municipalities into regional
cities. They include Fort Portal, Mbarara, and Hoima from Western Uganda;
Entebbe from the Central region; Lira, Arua, and Gulu from the Northern region,
and Mbale and Jinja from the Eastern Region.
A budget of 130 billion shilling has been set aside for the
operations of the cities after meeting all the requirements.
Bureau Chief, Rwenzori Region