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Proposed Creation of Bundibugyo Municipality Divides Leaders

In 2017, the town council passed a resolution demanding that the district council supports the elevation of the town to a municipality comprising of four divisions.

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A motion to elevate Bundibugyo Town Council into a municipality has divided leaders in Bundibugyo district.

The motion has split the town council authorities against Bundibugyo district leadership.

Edward Kakonge Kifunga, the chairperson Bundibugyo town council accuses the district chairman and the district speaker of foiling all attempts to have the town council elevated into a municipality.

In 2017, the town council passed a resolution demanding that the district council supports the elevation of the town to a municipality comprising of four divisions.

In July, Justus Nkayarwa Banjombe, the district councillor representing the town council, presented a motion seeking that the district council upholds the decision of the lower council.

Banjombe argued that the town had spent a long period of time working as a semi-autonomous urban council since its creation in 1974 and thus needed some level of autonomy.

He also argued that it was time the town council is elevated so as to meet the ever growing demands of a town.

The speaker Moses Bagambe referred the matter to the committee of council to look into and verify in a period of two weeks whether the demand for elevation of the town into a municipality was of public interest.

The committee, later, submitted her findings to the office of the speaker in February this year. 

Now, Kifunga and some councillors accuse Bagambe of foiling attempts to have the committee findings discussed.

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They say the speaker has deliberately refused to put the matter on the order paper accusing him and the chairman of being interested in creating a Municipality in another town council.

Bagambe asked the town council councillors not to exert pressure on the district council.

Bagambe promised to furnish us with details in regard to the matter at an appropriate time.

Bundibugyo District LCV Chairperson Ronald Muthegheki distanced himself from delaying the motion.  Muthegheki claimed that he does not control business of council and thus should not be used as a scapegoat.

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