3 September 2008

Uganda: Kiboga Council Okays Creation of Kyankwanzi District

Kiboga — Kiboga District councillors have passed a motion supporting the creation of Kyankwanzi District out of Kiboga. The motion was passed during a council meeting presided over by the speaker, Mr Lawrence Bazanye last Friday.

Kyankwanzi comprises seven sub-counties with a total population of about 150,000 people mostly pastoralist. Moving the motion, the Wattuba Sub-county councillor, Mr Wilson Konde said Kyankwanzi has lagged behind in development compared to other areas in the district partly because the district leadership has neglected it.

"Many schools and roads in Kyankwanzi are in an appalling state. If this area is granted district status, this will take services nearer to the people," Mr Konde said. "We also think that if we are given a district, our educated children would be able to get jobs," Mr Konde added. Out of the 24 councillors who attended the council meeting, 15 supported the idea of curving Kyankwanzi district out of Kiboga while nine opposed it.

The district chairman, Mr Siraje Kizito Nkugwa, who has for long been opposed to the creation of Kyankwanzi District dismissed claims that the district leadership has neglected the area in terms of development. "We have renovated all roads in that area and also built schools. How can you say that we have neglected it?" Mr Nkugwa asked.

Mr Nkugwa claimed that those behind the idea of a new district were being driven by selfish motives. "They should say the truth that they want political positions like district chairman or district woman member of Parliament," Mr Nkugwa said.

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