7 new districts to start in fy2019/20

Tom Butime [Col. Rtd] Local Government Minister left Acholi leaders in total pain.

In a bid to bring service delivery closer to citizens, government seems unable to stop creating as many as possible, new administrative units (districts).

And with now existing 127 districts, seven more are to be operationalized in fiscal financial year 2019/2020.

The new districts, according to Local Government Minister, Tom R. Butime, were approved by Cabinet in previous fiscal years – and was part of NRM Manifesto of 2016-2021.

Presenting his ministry’s achievements, challenges in implementing NRM Manifesto from 2016 to date, Mr. Butime says, however, there “won’t be more creation” of new administrative units “at all”.

Rwampara, Karenga, Obongi, Kalaki, Kitagwenda, Kazo and Madi-Okollo districts will officially commence.

He also says creating more districts isn’t for political gains, but as a result of public demand.

But, it has widely been thought that creation of any administrative units are the influence of the regime cadres, and her politicians to get “employment” after losing polls in traditional districts they stood in.

To prove this assumption right, section of NRM cadres in Oyam district, and some politicians have petitioned President Museveni to create Aber district out of mother Oyam.

Aber is one of the sub-counties in Oyam district on the western side.

This idea has met criticism from section of public, many saying it’s “in self interest” since no consensus or consultations were made.

Once granted, Aber district shall consist of Kamdini, Myene, Loro, Minakulu sub-counties.

“As part of the overall effort to fast track Uganda into middle income status, government has approved creation of 15 cities in phased form,” minister Butime said.

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