Leaders of Nakifuma County in Mukono District are pushing for district
Nakifuma County covers five sub-counties of Nagojje, Ntunda, Kimenyedde, Kasawo
Rural, Seeta-Namuganga and three town councils of Nakifuma-Naggalama, Kasawo TC
According to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics-UBOS, the county has a population
of about 229, 800 people.
The leaders have formed a steering committee to work on the legal
process and also present a proposal to Mukono District Council.
Hajji Ali Kalungi, the Secretary for the steering committee says that the
elevation of the county to district status will improve service delivery and attract
“Among all counties within the district, it is Nakifuma with the poorest road
network requiring travellers to spend hours crossing the potholed road from one
Sub County to another. The same roads diversely contribute to a poor education
system since it is less monitored and inspected by authorities fearing to
navigate dusty and slippery roads during the rainy season.” Hajji Kalungi says.
Samari Musenero, the councillor representing Kasawo Sub County at the district
says Nakifuma can only attain new energy to improve its poor public health
sector and also address the challenge of access to clean water when granted district status.
//Cue in: “People just need…
Cue out: …we all want”//
Asuman Muhumuza, a resident says that the elevation will spur development and attract
more elective posts.
//Cue in: “By the time…
Cue out: …only one grader”//
The Minister for Local Government Raphael Magezi has advised the steering
committee to follow the required legal procedure and administrative process.
The 1995 Constitution, Article 179, allows district councils to
alter the boundaries of lower local government units to create new local
government units within their districts but also gives parliament powers to
make the final approval of any district.
The constitution also guides that any measure for the alteration
of the boundaries of or the creation of districts or administrative units shall
be based on the necessity for effective administration and the need to bring
services closer to the people, and it may take into account the means of
communication, geographical features, the density of population, economic
viability and the wishes of the people concerned.
Once Nakifuma County is accorded district status, it will mainly
thrive on farming as the major economic activity. Some of the major crops grown
in the area include coffee, banana, pineapples, and sugarcane.
Nakifuma also plans to generate local revenue through its tourism
sites that include River Ssezibwa cultural sites, Dindo rocks and Mabira forest
which covers part of Nagojja Sub County.