The approved new constituencies are Buhweju West, Buwekula South, Kiboga West, Lamwo East, Bugangaizi South, Chekwi East, Mulanda, and Kwania North. On the same list is Buyanja East, Kagoma North, Ngariam, Agago West, Bukanga North, Bukimbiri and Nakaseke Central. These (15) were approved by Cabinet on June 15th.
Parliament on Thursday afternoon approved the
creation of 46 new Counties and a new Constituency -Nakawa West. This followed the
recent clearance by Cabinet.
Article 63 (1) of the Constitution empowers
parliament to prescribe the number of constituencies for purposes of elections
for Members of Parliament. According
to Deputy Attorney General Jackson Kafuuzi, as of 9th August
2016, Parliament prescribed a total of 296 constituencies.
Now with the approval of the 46 new Counties,
creation of Nakawa West Constituency, an earlier approval of 10 new cities that
came into effect on 1st July 2020, the Eleventh Parliament will
expand to a total of 497 elective seats of which 353 are direct constituencies,
while 144 are Women MPs representing districts.
Kafuuzi explained that the new cities will comprise
of 2 divisions which are equivalent to municipalities with full representation
to parliament as well as a Woman MP.
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The approved new constituencies are Buhweju West, Buwekula South, Kiboga
West, Lamwo East, Bugangaizi South, Chekwi East, Mulanda, and Kwania North. On
the same list are Buyanja East, Kagoma North, Ngariam, Agago West, Bukanga North,
Bukimbiri and Nakaseke Central. These (15) were approved by Cabinet
on June 15th.
The others are Kapere
(Ngora district), Butiru (Manafwa), Kyoga North (Amolatar), Napero West
(Karenga), Bukora East (Napak), Nwoya East (Nwoya), Namayingo South
(Namayingo), Elgon North (Bulambuli), Samia Bugwe South (Busia) and Mawogola
The list also has: Otuke
East (Otuke), Ruhama East (Ntungamo), Isingiro West (Isingiro), Two county
(Bukwo), Okyero (Kaberamaido), Soy (Kween), Namisindwa (Namisindwa), Gweli
(Soroti), Pingire (Serere), Bukonko central (Mbale), Aringa East (Yumbe),
Kyaka Central (Kyegegwa), Ruhinda South (Mitooma), Kyigai (Bududa), Gogonya
(Palisa), Busiki North (Namutumba), Maruzi North (Apac), Rwampara East
(Rwampara), Bugangahizi (Kikuube), West Budama North East (Tororo) and Dodoth
North (Kaabong). These totaling 31 were approved by Cabinet on Monday 27th
Besides the new constituencies,
Nakawa Division in Kampala district is also split into two constituencies.
The approval in the
plenary session chaired by Speaker Rebecca Kadaga followed a motion by the
Minister for Local Government, Raphael Magezi in which he said that the
counties are created basing on a population quarter of 150,000, means of
communication, level of economy, wishes of the people and others.
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He noted that besides
these 46 approved constituencies, several others totaling 16 are still being assessed
by his Ministry.
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Speaker Kadaga noted
that Parliament had more than the required 148 members’ quorum to approve the
creation of new constituencies.
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Central MP Muhammed Nsereko contested the creation of Nakawa West Constituency
in Nakawa Division and do not split other Divisions in the Kampala District. He
said that there should be equity in the creation of new constituencies.
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But Jacqueline Amongin, the Ngora Woman MP wondered why Nsereko was derailing
parliament yet there is a procedure to follow to have new constituencies
created. She was backed by Speaker Kadaga before adjourning the House to
Tuesday next week amidst protest from Nsereko.