A row has erupted between Prosy Begumisa Akampurira,
Rubanda district woman Member of Parliament and Eng. Denis Sabitti Bamwoya,
Rubanda County west member of parliament over the creation of town councils.
In October, the Ministry of Local Government approved the creation
of 162 new town councils.
Among them were five town councils from Rubanda district. They are
Kashaasha and Ahabuhutu town councils in Bufundi Sub County, Butare town council
in Muko Sub County, Ruhija town council in Ruhija Sub County and Hamuhambo in
Bubaare Sub County.
The approved town councils will become operational on July 1,
However, after their creation, Begumisa started traversing the
districts claiming that she was behind the creation. She was seen at various
church congregations and funerals in Rubanda district explaining how none of
the leaders in the district played a role in the creation of the town
She says that she spent sleepless nights while attending meetings
with top Local Government ministry officials to make sure that the town councils.
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Akampurira’s statements have however angered Eng. Sabitti saying
that Begumisa is telling lies to the electorate.
According to Sabitti, the motion to create town councils was
presented before Rubanda district council by Pastori Twinomuhangi, district councillor
representing Muko Sub County.
After the approval, Sabitti says that he was
given all the copies of resolutions and helped to table them before Local
Government Ministry for approval.
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Gerald Akambasa, Rubanda district speaker says that the initiative
towards the creation of the town councils in Rubanda was started by sub-county
councils. Akambasa says that the district council only passed a resolution and
forwarded it to local government ministry.
Akambasa says that none of the members of parliament played a role
in the creation of town councils adding that they are only claiming responsibly
to gain political ground.
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But, Begumisa insists that she advocated for the creation of town
councils to make sure that Rubanda district develops.