Kabarole Leaders Demand Rwenzori Ministry

Kabarole district councilors voted to petition President Museveni for creation for the Ministry of Rwenzori affairs

Kabarole district leaders have resolved to petition President Yoweri Museveni demanding for the  creation the Ministry for Rwenzori Region Affairs to deal with the unending security crises there.

Rwenzori region comprises of seven districts of Kabarole, capsule Kyenjojo, Kyegegwa, Ntoroko, Bundibugyo, Kasese and Kamwenge.

Of these, Kasese, Bundibugyo and Kabarole have in the past few years experience unprecedented armed uprisings in which hundreds of lives have been lost.

The recent wave of clashes left the area traditional ruler arrested together with dozens of his royal guards while over 100 of them were shot dead.

Richard Rwabuhinga, the District Chairperson Kabarole says that unlike other regions that the president has given ministries, Rwenzori lacks a regional voice which specifically addresses the issues affecting the people.

In his motion moved during the recent district council, Rwabuhinga noted that the region has peculiar geopolitical challenges which require unique attention by the central government, but also unique representation at Cabinet level.

He says as people of Rwenzori, they appreciate the President for the support in terms of appointments to cabinets given to the region but following the persistent conflicts experienced, the region needs a “regional voice”.

The motion was seconded by Peter Daudi Bazira representing Kicwamba Sub County who argued that Rwenzori needs a special ministerial post.

He said after the clashes that claimed hundreds of people in Kasese and Bundibugyo districts including Kabarole in Karanura Sub County, no attempts have been done to sensitize the people as a way of preventing future attacks.

Jorum Bintamanya the councilor for South Division Fort Portal municipality, who supported the motion, said demanding for the Ministry for Rwenzori affairs is a polite way of reminding the president that he has neglected the region and forgotten the veterans who played a vital role to bring him in power.

But this was opposed by Remigeous Turyasingura the district councilor Rwimi sub county and said many institutions are crippled financially due to the duplication of ministries created by president that are of no importance. He instead called for reduction of ministries to reduce on the national expenditure.

In total, Rwenzori region has four ministers that include Frank Tumwebaze (Kamwenge) for ITC and Information, Adolf Mwesige (Bunyangabu newly created district) defense minister, Tom Butiime (Kyenjojo) local government minister and Peace Mutuzo also from Bunyangabu state minister for Culture.



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