By Ahura Mujuni Mark
Government has tabled before Parliament a motion that seeks to create 25 new districts across the country. The districts to be created in four different phases include Kagadi and Kakumiro both curved out of Kibaale district, whose creation is effective July 1, 2012.
If Parliament approves the motion as tabled by Local Government Minister Adolf Mwesige the total number of districts will increase from 112 to 137.Seven of the proposed new districts including Omoro, Namisindwa, Pakwach, Butebo, Rukiga, Rubanda,and Kyotera will become effective July,1 2013.
The districts of Kyadondo,Nabilatuk,Bugweri, Kwania,Kasanda,Bunyangabu,Kwania,and Kapelebyong will commence in July 2014, while Obongi,Kazo, Rwampara,Kitagwenda,Kikuube,Madi-Okollo and Kihiihi districts are scheduled to commence operations in July 2015.
Minister Adolf Mwesige told Parliament that government also plans to create two new districts to be curved out of the current Kasese district after consultations with the district leadership and interest groups on the name, boundaries and their headquarters. He confirmed that funds to operationalise all the new districts in a phased manner are available.
The headquarters of each new district which is not yet a town council shall become a town council as provided for in the Local Governments Act.
The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Rt. Hon. Oulanyah Jacob has directed the Parliamentary Committee on Local Government to scrutinize the motion and report back to Parliament in seven days.