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Leaders, Residents Divided Over Proposed Split of Serere District

Last month, Serere District Council proposed to carve out Kasilo district from Serere. The proposed district will have four sub-counties and three town councils out of eight sub-counties and five town councils currently operational in Serere district.
Serere LCV Boss, Joseph Opit Okojo.

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There is sharp division between the local leaders and the residents of Serere district over the proposed creation of Kasilo district. 

Last month, Serere District Council proposed to carve out Kasilo district from Serere. The proposed district will have four sub-counties and three town councils out of eight sub-counties and five town councils currently operational in Serere district. 

Joseph Opit Okojo, the LCV Chairman of Serere says the proposed creation of Kasilo district will help residents access quick services, create jobs and hold leaders accountable in the district since they are closer to the electorate.

Opit revealed that the proposal has received enormous support from the district councillors with only two, out of 27 councillors voting against it. 

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Opit underscored the achievements of Serere district, which he observed, need to be extended to Kasilo. He revealed that Serere district has been able to grant aid 15 schools, something that has enabled more than 200 teachers get jobs. He added that 44 parishes, recently added to 24 in Serere have created more jobs for his people. 

However, the proposal has not gone well with a number of residents in Serere district including some sub-county leaders.

Francis Olinga, a Boda- Boda cyclist in Serere says the proposal is politically motivated. 

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“Serere and Kasilo are near each other. It’s not a good idea. If they want, let them create another constituency because splitting Serere will not help us come out of poverty. We are in the new district but nothing has changed in our lives”

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Florence Asio, a resident of Serere Town Council says that leaders should not create new administrative units when services are not sufficient.

 She wants the leaders to address issues of health services, roads and business, which she notes are inadequate. 

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Josephine Akello, a resident of Kasilo Town Council is worried that if Kasilo is carved out, most businesses will be affected since Kasilo is major supplier of food and labour in Serere district.

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But Dr Stephen Okure, a retired veterinary officer in Serere says there is no harm in creating Kasilo district. He explains that districts help people easily connect with their leaders.

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On Tuesday, there was heated debate in Kadungulu Sub County Council meeting when the issue of Kasilo district emerged.

Members, including the LC3 Chairman, Peter Okomol protested the creation of the new district. Councillors argued that creation of new administrative units is impoverishing locals especially those living in trading centres because of high taxes.