Kisoro District Council Rejects Proposal for New Bukimbiri District

Kisoro District Council Rejects Proposal for New Bukimbiri District
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In a recent council session, the Kisoro District Council decided not to approve a proposal to split the district and create a new one called Bukimbiri District. The proposal, presented by Juliet Kamusiime, the Nyanamo town council LC5 woman councilor, did not gain the support of the council members.

Kamusiime’s motion was seconded by Byamugisha Deus, the LCV councilor for Rubuguri town council, during the session presided over by Kisoro district speaker Amos Hakizimana.

During her presentation, Kamusiime argued that the residents of Bukimbiri County have consistently expressed a desire for their own administration due to concerns about service delivery, tribal segregation in job allocation, and resource distribution in the district. She also emphasized the natural resources and tourism potential in Bukimbiri, which could contribute to the proposed district’s development.

However, the Chief Administrative Officer, Hajji Badru Mayanja, recommended conducting consultations with lower government units in Bukimbiri County before proceeding with the motion. He also reminded councilors that creating new town councils had been prohibited by Parliament.

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In response to this guidance, district speaker Amos Hakizimana ruled that the motion should be forwarded to sub-counties and town councils in Bukimbiri sub-county for local councilors to review and deliberate on the proposal before it can be presented again to the district council for approval.

This is not the first time such a proposal has been made; in 2012, a similar proposal to split Kisoro to create Mutanda district led to a physical altercation between Kisoro LC5 Boss Milton Mutabazi and John Nzeyimana Kamara, the Bufumbira county Member of Parliament, during a council session.

In 2016, during a campaign trail in Kisoro District, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni discouraged the creation of districts based on tribal lines and instead promised to give Bukimbiri a constituency.

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