Minister Shuns Meeting as Wrangles between Residents Continue in the Scramble and Partition of Districts

Mathias Kasamba addressing residents
Mathias Kasamba addressing residents

Rakai –The separation of the new district of Kyotera from its origin of Rakai is steaming up more divisions among the residents of the entire districts.

The wrangles have mainly erupted in the two subcounties of Kifamba and Kibanda which are expected to remain in Rakai according to the local leaders in the district. Kyotera is expected to begin operating as a district, come 01st July 2017.

The wrangles were expected to be ended by the Local Government minister Tom Butime on Monday but to the residents’ surprise, the Minister shunned the meeting after the several threats he received from the residents.

Several residents have also condemned the Kooki institution for getting involved and playing part in the decision of where the two Sub Counties should belong when demarcating the boundaries of the two districts.

However, the Deputy Prime Minister of Kooki Owek Godfrey Kimbugwe has denied all the allegations of the Institution’s involvement in the issues.

“We have not been involved in deciding where the two Sub Counties belong because it’s not our mandate to decide but rather the district’s obligation” he said.

Kimbugwe added that the residents who were interested in remaining in the mother district approached the institution but they were directed to the district which passed a resolution way back in 2014.

It is said that the Parliament later passed a resolution that Kibanda and Kifamba Sub Counties will be part of Kooki County and Rakai district which some residents have protested as others find no problem in it.

The Kooki spokesperson Owek Stanely Ndawula, said these issues are mainly geared up by politicians who instill hatred among the subjects of His Royal Highness the Kamuswaga.

“These issues are only decided by the Parliament and I wonder how the institution can directly get involved”, said Ndawula.

Gerald Kalasira the LCV councilor of Kifamba Sub County vowed to proceed to the constitutional court if at all the district leaders continue to blindfold the Kifamba and Kibanda people.

The East African Legislative Assembly MP and former Member of Parliament for Kakuuto County Mathias Kasamba intervened and urged the residents of the two Sub Counties to be calm and take the matter in peaceful ways.

Matia Mweruka one of the residents in Kifamba said their area has been denied services by the district Local government before and they doubt whether the district authorities will now consider them when they remain part of Rakai.

However, the LCV boss Robert Benon Mugabi denied all the residents’ allegations saying Kifamba is considered the same way just like any other Sub County in the district.

Mugabi has continuously told the residents of Kifamba and Kibanda not to bother themselves in scandles that will bring confusions among themselves.

“The issue of the two Sub Counties was already discussed in Parliament and it was decided that they will belong to Kooki County in Rakai district”, said Mugabi.

He added that the divisions are brought in by a few individuals who always want to engage in confusions.

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