Kabale and Rubanda leaders are questioning the method used in the extension of boundaries. This is after it emerged that Kitumba, Kamuganguzi sub-counties and Katuna town councils in Ndorwa West County, Kabale district, Bubaare and Nyamweru sub-counties in Rubanda East County, Rubanda district will be annexed to Kabale municipality.
A section of leaders and residents from Kabale and Rubanda districts
have petitioned Parliament protesting irregularities in the elevation of Kabale
Municipality to city status.
Kabale Municipality was in May included among the six municipalities
that will be elevated to city status by 2023. The other municipalities include
Nakasongola, Moroto, Masaka, Soroti, and Wakiso.
Others are Arua, Gulu, Jinja, Fort Portal and Mbarara, Hoima and
On December 5, 2019, Kabale Municipality appeared the list
of the municipalities that will start operations as a city in 2021.
Parliament failed to pass the resolution due to lack of quorum.
Kabale and Rubanda leaders are questioning the method used in the
extension of boundaries. This is after it emerged that Kitumba,
Kamuganguzi sub-counties and Katuna town councils in Ndorwa West County, Kabale
district, Bubaare and Nyamweru sub-counties in Rubanda East County, Rubanda
district will be annexed to Kabale municipality.
Kabale Municipality councillors in a petition dated December 16,
2019, addressed to the office of Speaker of Parliament argue that they were not
consulted on the matter. They also question the interests considering
Katuna town council and Kamuganguzi Sub County which are far away and ignore
Kyanamira Sub County in Ndorwa East County that is adjacent to the
Emmanuel Sentaro Byamugisha, the Mayor Kabale Municipality says
that the demarcation of boundaries must first be justified.
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Mbabazi Pierre and Dickson Tukamusiime both residents of Rubanda
district have also in a petition faulted the elevation arguing that locals in
Bubaare and Nyamweru sub-counties were never consulted. They say that
though the city status is good, it is being influenced by some Members
of Parliament in Rubanda and Kabale districts, who fear to lose their seats in 2021
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Kenneth Jogo Biryabarema, Rubanda LCV Chairperson and Gerald
Akambasa, Rubanda District Speaker have equally petitioned the office of the speaker
arguing that annexing Bubaare and Nyamweru sub-counties to Kabale municipality
without the knowledge of the council is null and void since they also need to
first consult their electorates.