Proposed 27 new counties: Which incumbent MPs will be hit by this?

This is nothing new. This is so ordinary that it’s a hectic mess to be up to date with the amounts of sub-counties, counties and districts. In such a manner, that the Electoral Commission are holding By-Election to early in districts and such before they are legally binding. Because the state in the Republic is so preoccupied with making new ones.

It is now revealed that they will elevate certain areas for new counties. One of them is Kapir Sub-county in Ngora district, where there is 16 parishes and 47 villages. The MP getting touched by this is the incumbent Ngora County MP David Malaba (NRM).

Another one is Butiru County, which is elevating anther sub-county in Manafwa district. Where there is 5 parishes and 71 villages. The MP getting touched by this is the incumbent Rose Mutonyi (NRM) of Bubola West County to be re-elected.

Then you have Kioga County in Amolatar distict, which will be carved into two. Where it will have Kioga County and Kioga North County. It has 10 towns and 11 subdivision. The MP that getting touched by this is the incumbent MP Anthony Okello (NRM).

The newly minted district of 2019, Karenga district out of Kaabong district. Karenga district have 6 parishes and 50 villages. Where they plant to carve out Dodoth West County into Napore West County. This is carving out the district of Reverend Simon Lokodo (NRM).  He must surely see the positives in doing this.

In Napak district in Bokora County, there is a plant to change Bokora County into Bokora East County. The MP that getting touched by this is the incumbent MP Terrence Nacho Achia (NRM).

In Ssembabula district in Mawangola county, there is plan to change that to Mawangola West County. The MP that getting touched by this is incumbent MP Joseph Ssekabiito (NRM). Mawangola is already carved into two northern counties, one in Mpigi and one Ssembabula. The third, the Mawangola South is in Mpigi district as well. So, the ones carving out the counties here. Has made a real hectic mess between the districts and counties.

In Otuke district and in Otuke County, there is plans to change the latter and create Otuke East County. Otuke have already 4 sub-counties, 23 parishes and 340 villages.  The MP that is touched is incumbent MP Julius Acon Bua (NRM).

In Ntungamo district, it is a plan to carve up Ruhaama County into Ruhaama East County. Ruhaama County has 6 parishes and 48 villages. The incumbent MP Moses Kahima Mugabe (NRM).

In Isingiro district, there is a plan to carve out Isingiro county, however, there is a Isingiro County North and Isingiro County South, but no direct Isingiro County. Therefore, the legislators who is making these changes are surely missing a memo. Because, the changes to a Isingiro County West might hit the Southern or the Northern County. As there are no direct county here. This either hit home for MP Alex Bakunda Byarugaba (NRM) or Bright Kanyontore Rwamirama (NRM). Who knows where they meant with this one?

In Bukwo district in Kongasis County, there is a plan to make a T’oo County. Bukwo has 4 sub-counties, 14 parishes and 121 villages. The MP that is touched by this is the Incumbent MP Reuben Paul Chelimo (NRM).

In Kaberamaido district in Kaberamaido county, there is a plan to carve out Ochero County. Ochero sub-county has 3 parishes and 48 villages. The incumbent MP who will be hit by this is Veronica Eragu Bichetero Isala (NRM).

In Kween district and Kween county, there is a plan to carve out Soi County. Kween has 5 sub-counties, 19 parishes and 189 villages. The current MP, the incumbent here is Lawernce Cherop Mangusho (NRM).

In Namisindwa district (carved out of Manafwa district) in Bubulo County East plan to make Namisindwa county. This will hit home for MP Apollo Masika (NRM).

In Soroti district in Soroti County, there is a plan to make Gweri County. This change will hit incumbent MP Kenneth Esiangu Eitunganane (independent). Gweri Sub-county have already 4 parishes and 49 villages.

In Serere district in Kasilo county, they plan to make a Pingire county. This will hit incumbent MP Elijah Okupa (FDC). Pingire Sub-county have 6 parishes and 26 villages.

In Mbale district in Bunghoko County, they plan to make a Bunghoko Central County. In Bunghoko they have 4 parishes and 61 villages. I’m not sure if this will either Bunghoko County South or North, which means it will either make changes for incumbents Gershom Rabbi Wambede Sizomo (FDC) or Michael Kafabusa Werikhe (NRM).

In Yumbe district and Aringa county, they plan to make an Aringa East County. Aringa is already carved into South, North and County. So, to make an East would have make it 4 counties out of one. This will hit incumbent MP Noah Ashraf Olega (NRM).

In Kyegegwa district in Kyaka North County, they plan to make a Kyaka Central County. The MP who will be hit by this is MP Paul Nsabimana Asaba (NRM).

In Mitooma district in Ruhinda County, they plan to make a Ruhinda South County. This will hit incumbent MP Dononzio Kahonda Mugabe (MP). Is this the way to get loyalist Kahinda Otafiire a pass into the Parliament again?

In Bududa district in Manjiya County, they plan to make a Bushigai County. This will hit home for incumbent MP John Baptist Nambeshe (NRM). If this is a mix of two sub-counties, the Bukigai with 7 parishes and 71 villages, and in Bushika with 6 parishes and 53 villages. With that name, that is the one that makes sense here.

In Pallisa district in Agule County, they plan to make a Gogonyo County. Agule sub-county has 6 parishes and 35 villages. Gogonyo sub-county have 3 parishes and 39 villages. This will hit the incumbent MP Francis Mukula (Independent).

In Namutumba district in Busiki County, they plan to make a Busiki North County. This will hit the incumbent MP Paul Akamba (Independent).

In Tororo district in West Buduma County, they plan to make a West Buduma North East County. West Buduma is already carved into two pieces, into a South and North. So, who knows if this will hurt incumbent MPs Jacob Marksons Oboth (Independent) or Richard Okoth Othieno (NRM)? Because, I am not sure to, which they meant as there are two already, but none that was on the list in question.

In Apac district in Maruzi county, they plan to make a Maruzi North County. If they changes this, it will hit incumbent MP Patrick Maxwell Ebong Akora (UPC).

In Kaboong district and Dodoth East County, they plan to make a Dodoth North County. This hits incumbent MP Samson Lokoris (NRM).

In Rwampara district in Rwampara County, they plan to make a Rwampara East County. The districted carved out of Mbarara District. This will change things for incumbent MP Charles Ngabirano (NRM).

In Kikuube district in Buhaguzi County, they plan to make a Buhaguzi County East. This will have effects on the incumbent MP Daniel Mpamizo Muheirwe (NRM).

As we see there plenty of old timers, long time incumbents and names that has come up before. Some of these MPs have wanted to elevate counties into districts to ensure more representation of their areas. This here come now in full effect. I have just pushed a few needles and found this information today. I think it is telling and show a lot.

As this is yet another step of making people confused about their voting history and ensure more NRM MPs. It doesn’t seem to equate another way. This is gerrymandering to another level. What is even more confusing about it at times. Is that I cannot be sure, which county they mean and who is touched by this move. That says a lot. Peace.

A look into the battle of the MPs in the new districts in 2021

In September 2015, the 9th Parliament approved 23 new districts. I have looked through most of them. We can see whose are having new constituencies and new borderlines for ballots in the General Election of 2021. There are other districts also pushed, which are not mentioned. Because, the list would be insane. But it shows some people who are having another route to their incumbency than previously done.

This has been an issue in previous elections too. As the state has operated and changed district lines for years. This is a clever way to create new polls and statistics, also ensure there are no strongholds. As the districts and sub-counties become fluid. That is because there was 112 districts in the 2016 Elections, but by 2021 there will be 135 districts. As well as there was 1,403 sub-counties in 2016, while in 2021 there will be 2057 sub-counties. All of this has effects for the elections and the supervision of it. As there are new candidacies, there are new elected officials and ensuring the tallies are right with the right forms, ballots and counting according to the eligible to vote and whose registered to do so. Therefore, these sort of changes are brining a lot headache, not only to the representatives to date, but also for the ones following it.

Therefore, with this in mind. I made a similar list of interesting names, districts and whose MPs, who could have issues when the primary polls in 2020 and the initial polls in 2021. This will be interesting, as there was incumbent MPs and NRM MPs who came into trouble and lost in new districts last time. That is likely to happen again, as there are other parishes, towns and such where they have to get voters compared to last go-around.

District:

MPs:

Rwampara County into a district

(Curved out of Mbarara District)

Charles Ngabirano (NRM)

Former: Mujuni Vincent Kyamadidi (NRM turned FDC)

Karenga County into a district

(Curved out of Kaabong District or Dodoth West)

Rose Akello Lilly (former Kaabong MP)

Taking away constituencies from:

Simon Lokodo (NRM)

Kapelebyong County into a district

(Curved out of Amuria District)

Julius Peter Ochen (Independent)

Obongi County into a districts

(Curved out of Moyo District)

Hassan Kaps Fungaroo (FDC)

Kazo County into a district

(Curved out of Kiruhura District)

Gordon Bafaki (NRM)

Kitagwenda County into a district

(Curved out of Kamwenge District)

Agaba Abbas Mugisha (NRM)

Madi-Okollo County into district

(Curved out of Arua district)

This is taking away constituencies from Upper and Lower Madi.

This hits NRM MPs: Isaac Etuuka & Ismail Ogama

Terendo East & West County into Terengo District (Operative 2020)

(Curved out of Amuru District)

Mario Kania Obiga (NRM) – Terengo East

Moses Angundru (NRM) – Terengo West

Kalaki County into a districts

(Curved out of Kaberamaido district)

Clement Kenneth Ongalo-Obote (NRM)

Kagadi district of out Buyaya county

(Curved out of Kibaale district)

Eric Musana (Buyaya East) – (NRM)

Barnabas Tinkasmiire (Buyaya West) – (NRM)

Kakumiro district

(Curved out of Kibaale district)

Barnabas Tinkasmiire (Buyaya West)

Robinah Nabbanja – (NRM) Woman MP

Omoro County turned district

(Curved out of Gulu District)

Jacob Oulanyah (NRM)

Catherine Lamwaka (Woman MP) – (NRM)

Rubanda County turned district

(Curved out of Kabale District)

Henry A. Musasizi (Rubanda County East)

Denis Sabiiti (Rubanda County West)

Rukiga County turned district

(Curved out of Kable District)

Herbert Kabafunzaki (NRM) – Rukiga County

Namisindwa district

(Curved out of “East Bubulo County” in Manafwa District)

Apollo Masika (NRM) – Bubulo County East

Pakwach district

(Curved out of Nebbi District)

Emmanuel Ongiertho (FDC) – Jonam County

Butebo County turned into district

(Curved out of Pallisa district)

Fred Oduchu Mudukoi (Independent) – Butebo County

Bunyangabu County into district

(Curved out of Kabarole district)

Adolf Mwesige (NRM) – Bunyangabu County

Nabilatuk district out of Pian County

(Curved out of Nakapiripirit district)

Achia Remegio (NRM) – Pian County

Bugweri county into districts

(Curved out of Iganga distict)

Abdu Katuntu (FDC) – Bugweri County

Kasanda counties into one district

(Curved out of Mubende District)

Micheal I. Bukenya (NRM) – Bukuya County

Patrick O Nsamba (NRM) – Kassanda County North

Simeo Nsubuga (NRM) – Kassanda County South

Kwania county turned district

(Curved out of Apac District)

Tonny Ayoo (NRM) – Kwania County

Kikuube turned district from Buhaguzi County

(Curved out of Hoima District

Daniel M. Muheirwe (NRM) – Buhaguzi County

Tophase Kaahwa Byagira (Woman MP)

I think this list is interesting, as it says something about whose has a new challenge. Who has new constituencies and where the might reside some lost hope. As there have been lacking funds to operate these districts. There been trouble to find financial stimulus to actually operate them. The NRM has made big changes with the districts, but haven’t considered the economic implications in doing so. Also the obligations of civil service, hospitals, health care centres and so-on. As well, as halls for the appointed leadership, the elected officials offices and so-on. Which is all on the back-burner and lack of funds too do.

Therefore, this list shows what is at stake and what the NRM does to ensure continued power in Parliament. As they assess these changes will give them popularity, as they are giving local government close look in the previously bigger districts. Even as they are all former sub-counties turned into a bigger and have more of a mandate as a district. Peace.