Officials differ on merging counties

NAMUTUMBA. A meeting called by the Namutumba District council to discuss the split of the district into two constituencies ended prematurely following a disagreement between the area MP, Mr Isiko Mpongo, and some councillors.
The district speaker, Mr George Damba, was last Thursday forced to adjourn the session after the meeting failed to agree on the mode of demarcation and composition of each of the suggested constituencies despite having deliberated for about six hours.
The meeting had been convened after Local Government minister Adolf Mwesige wrote a letter to the speaker on April 14, aising that the council should consider population size, economic activities, boundaries and infrastructure such as roads, health facilities and schools in the process of creating constituencies.
Trouble at the meeting which was attended by, among others, the Namutumba District Woman MP, Ms Florence Mutyabule, Namutumba RDC David Sempa, NRM district chairman Denis Barwanirewa, and all LC3 chairpersons, began when Mr David Mukisa, a councillor, proposed that Namutumba Town Council and Magada, Bulange and Namutumba sub-counties be constituted into Busiki South and Kibale.
He also proposed that Ivukula and Nsinze sub-counties be constituted into Busiki North.
The proposal was rejected by councillors from Kibale and Ivukula sub-counties who opposed the idea, saying the two counties belong to the same constituency (Busiki North).
Councillors from Namutumba Town Council are also opposed to having Magada Sub-county in Busiki South.
Mr Mpongo accused people he did not name, of planning demarcations on lingual lines. He said boundaries were being mooted along the lines of the different dialects spoken in the county.
“I am not going to allow Busiki to be misled by a few people who want to divide Namutumba Distrcit according to the dialects spoken,” he told the meeting shortly before it was adjourned.
Ms Mutyabule called for calm saying the district leadership is due to hold a meeting with the minister later this week to find a way forward.

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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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