There are again new allegations and old pledges from President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and its local problems it create. The political patronage and possible benefits of certain creations of districts seems harder by the day, as the share numbers of district is sky-high. Not to think about the already carved out counties and sub-counties inside each district. Therefore, the vast patronage already created through these sort of arrangements cannot be easier when carving out more districts.
It seems like a hard bargain to make a Budama District in the Tororo County, as the Adhola Community meeting today in Kampala spells out. There does not seem to be reachable, unless there is significant plans whey they sufficiently think of the new boundaries, considering there have not come the other planned in Mukujju district back in 2005. So it is not like pledges from the President before has become reality for the Adhola community. They have been left behind in the past. Therefore it should be important for the state to listen to one part of the meeting resolution, which stated: “2. The Japadholas never asked for the district, so no district shall be accepted by the Jopadholas” (Adhola Community, 12.07.2017).
Therefore, when you read the Annex of the meeting, you will see the sentiment and the no-need for a provision of a carved out district. Unless, there political patronage and promises not kept from President Museveni. Someone from the area shielded him during a battle in the 1980s and he has to pay it off now. Since he still can pay him!
New Vision reported back in 2009: “The Iteso, on the other hand, do not see why the name Tororo should not be dropped. Etyang states that the people of Tororo county have been agitating for this for the last 10 or so years. â€œThis decision leaves West Budama alone whether or not the Jopadhola have asked for a district,â€ he argues. He says it is virtually impossible for Tororo municipality to remain with West Budama because it was part of Tororo county before the municipality was created. For this reason, the new Mukuju county has the right to have its headquarters in Tororo town. War over wealth: If the split finally goes ahead, West Budama will lose the most in terms of property. It will lose the key industrial town of Tororo, which has become a hot cake following the discovery of huge phosphate deposits, the revival of Tororo Cement factory and the planned construction of an inland port” (New Vision, 2009).
So the promises and thinking of the carving this area into more districts has alreay been into the minds of people for a long time. Paul Etyang is also clear of the lines and the values in doing so. Also, the ramifications that we’re in 2009, which would be similar today. There we’re talk of West Budama and not East Budama, which it we’re in the meeting today. But still proof of the sentiments that was already there.
Enough talk, but if you want to understand it more. Read the annex. Peace.
Annex Meeting Protocol:
MEETING OF ADHOLA COMMUNITY IN KAMPALA HELD TODAY 12TH JULY, 2017 AT NATIONAL THEATRE.
CREATING BUDAMA DISTRICT ON PRESIDENT MUSEVENI’S PROPOSAL FOR JOPADHOLA AND GIVING TORORO DISTRICT TO ITESOS:-
2.Why change from the previous positions where Mukujju district was granted to the people of Tororo County (Itesos).
It is a well known fact that we Jopadholas, are scattered all over the Country, we have MPs representing different groups in many Constituencies, but we have never claimed ownership of those constituencies or districts, like is the case in Buikwe, Mayuge, Bugiri, Namayingo and Kayunga.
We also warn our Members of Parliament that should they fail to defend this, we are recalling all of them from Parliament by invoking the Constitution.
New Vision – ‘Is it time up for Tororo?’ (26.06.2009) link: http://www.newvision.co.ug/new_vision/news/1210608/tororo
“Drama ensued in parliament when Tororo County Member of Parliament Hon. Geoffrey Ekanya attempted to undress and commit suicide after learning that Tororo County had not been granted District status. #9thParliment” (NBS TV Uganda, 2016).
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:
|John Amos Okot||NRM|
|Judith Franca Akello||FDC|
Amuria County MPs:
|Francis Musa Ecweru||NRM|
Manjiya County MPs:
Bukedea County MPs:
|George Stephen Ekuma||NRM|
|Rose Akol Okullu||NRM|
Bukomansimbi County MPs:
|Deogratius (Deo) Kiyingi||DP|
Bulambuli County MPs:
|Irene Nafuna Muloni||NRM|
Dokolo County MPs:
|Felix Okot Ogong||NRM|
|Cecilla Barbera Atim Ogwal||FDC|
Gomba County MPs:
|Rosemary Muyinda Najjemba||NRM|
|Kyabangi Katusiime Nakato||NRM|
Kilak County MPs:
|Betty Bigombe Atuku||NRM|
Dodoth East – Kaabong County MPs:
Bulamogi County – Kaliro District MPs:
Kibuku County MPs:
|Moses Saleh Wilson Kamba||NRM|
|Sarah Mwebaza Wanene||NRM|
Nyabushozi County MPs:
|Beatrice Rusaniya Namala Barumba||NRM|
Kibanda County MPs:
|Sam Owor Amooti Otada||Independent|
Chua County MPs:
|Henry Okello Oryem||NRM|
|Beatrice Anywar Atim||FDC|
Kole County MPs:
|Joy Ruth Acheng||UPC|
Kumi County MPs:
|Patrick Oboi Amuriat||FDC|
|Christine Hellen Amongin Aporu||NRM|
Kiboga West County MPs:
|Ann Maria Nankabirwa||NRM|
Kyaka County MPs:
|William Ngabu Kwemara||NRM|
|Flavia Kabahenda Rwabuhoro||NRM|
Mwenge North County MPs:
Luuka County MPs:
|John B. Ngobi Bagoole||Independent|
|Evelyn Naome Mpagni N. Kaabule||NRM|
Maracha County MPs:
|Ruth Molly Ondoru Lematia||NRM|
Kashari County MPs:
Ruhinda County MPs:
Matheniko County MPs:
|Dr. John Baptist Lokii||NRM|
Aruu County MPs:
|CD Oketayot Lowila||NRM|
|Samuel Otto Odonga||FDC|
Kooki County MPs:
Mawogola County MPs:
|Sam Kahamba Kutesa||NRM|
|Anifa Kawooya Bangirana||NRM|
Soroti County MPs:
|Michael George Mukula||NRM|
Okoro County MPs:
|Stanley Oribdhogu Omwonya||NRM|
Butebo County MPs:
|Stephen Oscar Malinga||NRM|
Tororo County MPs:
Kibaale County MPs:
|Frank Kagyigyi Tumwebaze||NRM|
Aringa County MPs: (Will be three more districts)
|Achile Manoah Mile||UPC|
|Abason Huda Oleru||NRM|
Bugahya County MPs:
|James Kiiza Rwebembera||NRM|
Koboko County MPs:
|Margreth Diri Bara||NRM|
Kassanda County MPs:
|Thembo George William Nyombi||NRM|
East Moyo County MPs:
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:
|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%|
|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.
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|
(Aringa County will become three counties – North/South and Yumbe)
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 39. Those 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.
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.
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