MPs want new Districts merged; ‘They are just wasting money’

Sam Ibanda Mugabi

A section of legislators has vowed to table a motion before Parliament seeking to merge the ever increasing new districts in the country.

The legislators led by Bufumbira North Legislator, James Nsaba Buturo also want an enactment of a policy on how districts should be created. They say once the new districts have been merged, there will be proper accountability of public resources, limited corruption, better service deliver to the electorates and retaining the lost glory of the Country.

On the Sunday July 1, 2018, six new districts became effective with; Nabilatuk curved off from Nakapiripit district, Kasanda from Mubende, Kwania from Apac, Kapelebyong from Amuria, Kikuube from Hoima and Bugweri from Iganga.

These six new districts on Monday also saw the election of an interim leadership that will serve the electorates for a period of six months before a by-election is held.

But to the legislators insist the continued creation of new districts is a disservice to the people of Uganda with evidence indicating that the intended objective pf extending proper service delivery to the electorates not being achieved.

“We need to merge these districts, some of them are so small and can’t collect revenue to sustain their systems. They will be relying on government which also has no money. We shall propose to merge them,” Nsaba Buturo said.

Butemba legislator Pentagon Tumusiime, says that Districts that are able to sustain themselves should be the only ones allowed to operate.  “We have a lot of corruption and other issues, opening new districts will cause more chaos. Whenever a swelling expands, it creates more need for medication.”

“We are making new districts for political reasons not administrative, we are headed for doom,” Tumusiime added.

Ofono Yeri , the Tororo municipality; “They are just creating an expense, like salaries for LC 5 chairman and his executive, RDC and CAO, that is all.”

These legislators are now preparing a motion seeking Parliament merge majority of the new districts for better service delivery, proper accountability of public resources and the restoration of lost glory of the traditional districts.

These legislators now join the Secretary to the treasury and permanent secretary to the ministry of finance who is on record having warned both Parliament and cabinet about the effects of continued creation of new districts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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