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NRM Suspends Butebo Primary Elections Over Border Conflict

Richard Oseku, the Kibale County Member of parliament, says it is unfortunate that the elections in Butebo district was suspended over the border conflicts yet the people of Butebo needed to exercise their rights to vote their representatives.
The National Resistance Movement-NRM party has suspended primary elections for the LC V and Woman MP candidate in the newly created Butebo district over the boundary conflict. Butebo was curved from Pallisa district.

In November 2016, Parliament approved the creation of Butebo district comprising of Kibaale, Butebo, Opwateta, Kinginima, Setete, Kakoro and Kabwangasi Sub counties. The district is home to the Iteso and Bagwere. The mother district remained with Pallisa and Kameke town councils and Pallisa, Kasodo, Kolot, Gogonyo, Apopong, Telekura, Agule, Akisim, Kamuge and Putiput Sub counties.

However, the people in Kibale want to remain under Pallisa, which they say is near compared to Butebo district headquarters that is about 26 kilometers away. Now, Dr. Tanga Odoi, the NRM party Electoral Commission Chairperson, says they will not conduct primary elections in Butebo district until the boundary dispute is resolved.

"No elections in Butebo district until the border conflicts are resolved," Dr. Odoi said.  Richard Oseku, the Kibale County Member of parliament, says it is unfortunate that the elections in Butebo district was suspended over the border conflicts yet the people of Butebo needed to exercise their rights to vote their representatives. 

He blames the local government ministry for the delay to resolve the boundary dispute. Oseka wants government to grant their wish to remain under Pallisa district. Robert Kadaban, the Opwateta Sub county LC 3 Chairperson, says he is happy that the NRM elections in Butebo district have been postponed. 

He explains that in 2010 the people of Kibale and Opwateta sub counties petitioned the speaker of Parliament indicating they don't want to belong to Butebo citing tribalism, nepotism and poor service delivery.  "We want to be in Pallisa district for good service delivery. Kibale town council is only four kilometers away from Pallisa,” he said.

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