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.

How the new counties will change for the constituencies before the Presidential General Election 2016 in Uganda – and which MPs it affects.

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Recently there been reports that yet again the government of Uganda has decided to split a certain numbers of counties into 39 new counties and in the end make the total amount of Member of Parliament (MPs) to 424 (Kisakye, 2015). This can only been seen as a calculated plan to gain more MPs by the government party to reign over this new counties. I will go through who will have to fight for new constituency and votes in newly created counties that the government wishes. This will be after the list that was on the Observer. I will take district after district. An over time I think you’ll see a pattern.

Agago County MPs:

Who? Party:
John Amos Okot NRM
Judith Franca Akello FDC

Amuria County MPs:

Who? Party:
Francis Musa Ecweru NRM

Manjiya County MPs:

Who? Party:
David Wakikona NRM

Bukedea County MPs:

Who? Party:
George Stephen Ekuma NRM
Rose Akol Okullu NRM

Bukomansimbi County MPs:

Who? Party:
Deogratius (Deo) Kiyingi DP
Susan Namaganda DP

Bulambuli County MPs:

Who? Party:
Irene Nafuna Muloni NRM
Midimi Wamakuyu NRM

Dokolo County MPs:

Who? Party:
Felix Okot Ogong NRM
Cecilla Barbera Atim Ogwal FDC

Gomba County MPs:

Who? Party:
Rosemary Muyinda Najjemba NRM
Kyabangi Katusiime Nakato NRM

Kilak County MPs:

Who? Party:
Gilbert Olanya Independent
Betty Bigombe Atuku NRM

Dodoth East – Kaabong County MPs:

Who? Party:
Samson Lokeris NRM

Bulamogi County – Kaliro District MPs:

Who? Party:
Kenneth Lubago Independent
Flavia Nabugere NRM

Kibuku County MPs:

Who? Party:
Moses Saleh Wilson Kamba NRM
Sarah Mwebaza Wanene NRM

Nyabushozi County MPs:

Who? Party:
Fred Mwesigye NRM
Beatrice Rusaniya Namala Barumba NRM

Kibanda County MPs:

Who? Party:
Sam Owor Amooti Otada Independent
Helen Kahunde NRM

Chua County MPs:

Who? Party:
Henry Okello Oryem NRM
Beatrice Anywar Atim FDC

Kole County MPs:

Who? Party:
Fred Ebil UPC
Joy Ruth Acheng UPC

Kumi County MPs:

Who? Party:
Patrick Oboi Amuriat FDC
Christine Hellen Amongin Aporu NRM

Kiboga West County MPs:

Who? Party:
Samuel Ssemugaba NRM
Ann Maria Nankabirwa NRM

Kyaka County MPs:

Who? Party:
William Ngabu Kwemara NRM
Flavia Kabahenda Rwabuhoro NRM

Mwenge North County MPs:

Who? Party:
David Muhumuza NRM

Luuka County MPs:

Who? Party:
John B.  Ngobi Bagoole Independent
Evelyn Naome Mpagni N. Kaabule NRM

Maracha County MPs:

Who? Party:
Alex Onzima Independent
Ruth Molly  Ondoru Lematia NRM

Kashari County MPs:

Who? Party:
Yaguma Wilberforce NRM

Ruhinda County MPs:

Who? Party:
Kahinda Otafiire NRM
Jovah Kamateeka NRM

Matheniko County MPs:

Who? Party:
Dr. John Baptist Lokii NRM

Aruu County MPs:

Who? Party:
CD Oketayot Lowila NRM
Samuel Otto Odonga FDC

Kooki County MPs:

Who? Party:
Amos Mandera NRM

Mawogola County MPs:

Who? Party:
Sam Kahamba Kutesa NRM
Anifa Kawooya Bangirana NRM

Soroti County MPs:

Who? Party:
Michael George Mukula NRM
Peter Omolo FDC
Angelline Osegge FDC

Okoro County MPs:

Who? Party:
Stanley Oribdhogu Omwonya NRM

Butebo County MPs:

Who? Party:
Stephen Oscar Malinga NRM

Tororo County MPs:

Who? Party:
Geofrey Ekanya FDC

Kibaale County MPs:

Who? Party:
Frank Kagyigyi Tumwebaze NRM

Aringa County MPs: (Will be three more districts)

Who? Party:
Achile Manoah Mile UPC
Abason Huda Oleru NRM

Bugahya County MPs:

Who? Party:
James Kiiza Rwebembera NRM

Koboko County MPs:

Who? Party:
Ahmed Awongo NRM
Margreth Diri Bara NRM

Kassanda County MPs:

Who? Party:
Godfrey Lubega Independent
Thembo George William Nyombi NRM

East Moyo County MPs:

Who? Party:
Moses Ali NRM
Jesica Ababiku Independent

In numbers of the MPs that is on the line and getting new districts to get votes for re-elections in the 2016 elections. This here will be decisive for them. AS you can see that even some district has big birds and people who have been in the wind for a long time like Otafiire from Ruhinda County. But now let me show the numbers:

Party: Total MPs: Percentage:
NRM (National Resistance Movement) 45 69%
FDC (Forum for Democratic Change) 8 12%
DP (Democratic Party) 2 3%
UPC (Uganda People’s Congress) 3 4.6%
Independent 7 10.7%
Total Sum of MPS: 65 100%

This should be call on how the NRM wish to split the votes in certain areas so that they can eat more of the votes in next election. That they can take more of the independent votes and also from the opposition parties like FDC.

Uganda regions

Let me show the areas that are being split not just name of main counties. Since Uganda has been split to smaller and smaller fractions and now is hard to remember where the “original” bigger counties where before they got into the humongous number of 424. So let see here:

Part of the Country Total Couties:
Buganda VI – 6
Ankole IIII – 4
Kigezi 0 – 0
Toro II – 2
Bunyoro II – 2
Acholi VI – 6
West Nile IIII – 4
Lango II – 2
Karamoja I – 1
Teso III – 3
Sebei 0 – 0
Bugisha 0 – 0
Bukedi II – 2
Busoga V – 5
Total Counties: 37

(Aringa County will become three counties – North/South and Yumbe)

Numbers game:

If you can quickly see it’s the central regions that have a certain level of changes like in the Ankole, Busoga, Bunyoro and Buganda. The number of counties which is changing in the central/eastern is 17 of 39. Other areas that are also getting a renovation from the government are the Acholi, West Nile and Karamoja which is the Northern parts of Uganda. The total of areas that will be changed is 13 of 39Those total 30 of the 39. So it’s easily to see where the main changes are happening. Sometimes in the heartland of the opposition parties than in the Movement territory, so if you think otherwise. Look at the numbers and see even if this is going after 69% of the MPs are NRM. We all know that around Mbale and up north has voted for DP more than NRM in history. FDC is also gaining more grown in eastern, central and western areas. Therefore NRM fearing this, FDC candidate even won in Amuru by-election in November 2014. So that the Government is making a change in the districts around isn’t surprising. But let’s look at the other part of this changes that I haven’t touched on yet. Not the number game, but the real election game.

Election game:

This strategy is amazing. The way you split counties to reassure and get more loyalty from the new LDC then before. Therefore doing this so close to the election makes the 40 new counties and 40 new MPs. Also open up new constituency and voter’s numbers that need to be secure to get the MP for a county in. Thirdly and last point is that the history of voting in an area get diminish because the new counties. This will lead to smaller counties and need less people to vote the MP in the area. That can be either a gift or a curse. That the counties are getting to be smaller populations so that their easier to manipulate since their no current voting history in this counties. So that the loyalist will get more positions during next elections and also getting new LDCs that will supposedly to give the local community more control and also support the governments work in the areas. Like getting supervision over the primary school and police I guess. But we all know that this is more securing the NRM government more control over the areas and getting the loyal supporters of the Mzee becoming MPs and also making new counties to disfranchise the opposition if possible. That this  areas are also in places where the Independent MPs are coming from and just a few big shots like Kahinda Otafiire. I look forward to see the results from the Presidential General Election of 2016. Hope you do as well in the new counties and see if the MPs from the 9th Parliament will arrive from the new counties.

Just a by the way – on the information flow:

The irony of it all, I couldn’t find the MPs on the Parliaments own site or government official sites online. I found the best by the sites that are targeted by the government. Like the lists from Uganda at Heart had an awesome and amazing list. Second list was from an anti-corruption NGO from Uganda. So the one that isn’t supposed to be friendly with the government is the one that has organized it the best and that is a rare instance. Because a brother expect to easily see who represent them. Taxation with representation, the parliament page of the Ugandan government isn’t sufficient or a page that is really working. Hope that Hostalite and make them a better page indeed. And the Parliament Watch site was ten times better. Where I could double check the result of the General Election of 2011 was from the elected MPs from the Electoral Commission of Uganda. I am grateful that one supposed to be unbiased governmental institution has certain information to the public so I could verify what I found at Uganda at Heart and also the information from Parliamentary Watch. Thanks! Peace.

Reference:

Kisakye, Frank – ‘Govt creates 39 new counties, number of MPs rises to 424’ (15.07.2015) Link: http://www.observer.ug/news-headlines/38782-govt-creates-39-new-counties-mps-rise-to-424