The elders group, which is led by the Kyegegwa District Service Commission Chairperson, Keith Kalisa has already produced a map of the proposed counties, a copy of which URN has seen. According to the map, Kyaka North will be comprised of Sub Kigambo, Hapuyo, Nkaakwa, Kasule Sub counties and Hapuyo Town Council.
Proposals to create
more counties in Kyegegwa District have split residents, with the majority
opposing the idea. Kyegegwa District is currently comprises Kyaka North and Kyaka
South counties. However, a group of elders in the district have proposed the
creation of two more two counties including Kyaka Mid-North and Kyaka Mid-south
to make four counties.
The elders group, which is led by the Kyegegwa District Service Commission
Chairperson, Keith Kalisa has already produced a map of the proposed counties,
a copy of which URN has seen. According to the map, Kyaka North will be
comprised of Sub Kigambo, Hapuyo, Nkaakwa, Kasule Sub counties and Hapuyo Town
Kyaka Mid-North will be comprised of Migongwe, Kakabara, Kyatega sub counties
and Town Councils of Kakabara and Kyegegwa. For Kyaka Mid-South, they say it
should be made up of Kyegegwa, Mpar sub counties,and Mpara Town Council
The elders add that Kyaka South should include Sub Counties of Ruyonza, Nkanja,
Rwentuha, Migamba and Kazinga Town Council. The area Members of
Parliament – MPs, Jackson Kafuzi of Kyaka South and Paul Asaba of Kyaka North
are also pushing for the creation Kyaka Central.
They say that this
extra county should be made up of Sub Counties of Nkenja, Kyegegwa, Migangwe,
Kyategwa and Town Councils of Kyegegwa and Kakabara.
According to Kalisa, once the two more counties are approved, they will
increase the lobbying powers of Kyegegwa District MPs in Parliament. He
says that their group, which is made up of over 100 elders, also expects the
new constituencies to have the mandatory Health Centre IVs that will directly
improve on the service delivery in the the health sector.
The MPs have already written to the district chairperson, John Kisoke
Byamukama, explaining the importance of the new county.
“Considering our population and the number of Sub Counties and Town Councils
both new and old, it’s imperative and incumbent upon us to seek to improve
service delivery by increasing the number of MPs from Two Constituency Members
of Parliament in addition to the woman Member of Parliament making the number
four for the start,” reads a joint letter by the MPs that our reporter has
Although Kyegegwa District Council is yet to look at the two contradictory
proposals, residents are already up in arms. John Kakooza, a resident of
Kakabara Sub County argues that constituencies only benefit the MPs and their
families because they don’t have budgets.
He says that elders and the legislators should have pushed for the creation of
more town councils and Sub Counties because they have budgets for service
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Brain Akugizibwe, a resident of Kyegegwa Town Council, argues that the MPs and
the elders are pushing own political interests in their proposed counties and
doesn’t see how the electorates are going to benefit. He says the country
is already financially constrained and preoccupied with other things that are
more important than new administrative units.
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Willington Grant Ssenkoza, the Kyegegwa Youth Chairperson, says that the he can
side with the MPs who need one more county and not the elders who need
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Kyegegwa District council has now asked the architects of the two proposals to consult
the masses and report back to council that will sit in August.