Concerned Residents Petition Parliament to Block MP Raphael Magyezi’s Plan to Create New Municipality


Igara West MP, Raphael Magyezi
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Concerned voters and residents of Kyamuhunga Town Council, Bushenyi District have petitioned the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah against a move by Igara West Member of Parliament, Raphael Magyezi and the District Local Council to create a municipality out of Bitooma Town Council.

On March 21, 2019, Bushenyi District Local Council passed a resolution to create a municipality out of Bitooma Town Council, Kyamuhunga Town Council and Kyamuhunga Sub-county which would be called Bitooma Kyamuhunga Municipality.

A team of more than 10 petitioners led by Hamadhi Midragi, Denis Owastigireho and Hillary Muhereza, Andrew Kabazookye told the Deputy Speaker that they are against the proposal by the District Council which is greatly influenced by the MP, Raphael Magyezi.

The petitioners said the decision should be reversed by Parliament in case it is tabled in the House since it has been developed in bad faith and it is not in the interest of the residents.

They said that the three entities of Bitooma Town Council, Kyamuhunga Town Council and Kyamuhunga Sub county do not have the legal requirements and conditions for the attainment of Municipality status.

“Going by the 2014 census, the population today is about 62,000 people and is projected to reach 100,000 people in the next 4 years and this is far below the required population for a municipality status,” Midragi said.

Midragi said there is no structural plan for the proposed municipality as it is a prerequisite for the attainment of a municipality and the proposed municipality cannot support itself financially in terms of service delivery which will pose a burden on the current population.

“Worse still, the resolution to create the proposed municiaplity was passed without the input of the concerned residents who were never consulted and this was passed in bad faith and for personal selfish interests by some individuals,” Midragi said.

Denis Owastigireho said that the move is spearheaded by Raphael Magyezi the MP for Igara West “who wants a safe haven for his future political ambitions”.

“The same person created the new demarcations for the proposed Municipality and presented them to people gathered in a meeting he convened at Lincoln Hotel in Kyamuhunga.”

“Magyezi thinks that now by curving out a smaller constituency which he can manipulate will help him come back to Parliament but all we are telling him is that we are his people, we know what has always made him busy, let him come back and stand again in Igara West without bothering the few people in Kyamuhunga and Bitooma with a municipality that we know will not raise funds required to administer it,” Owastigireho said.

In response, the Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah promised the aggrieved group that their petition will be processed at the right time once the matter is tabled before Parliament.

“We understand that the matter is not yet before us, it will come to Parliament through a motion and when the right time comes, I will assign the petition to a member you will capture the concerns there in,” Oulanyah said.

The issue of creation of new administrative units including municipalities, constituencies and districts has in recent years been a concern to many who say these units add financial burden to the government yet the common argument (of decentralized service delivery) often fronted by proponents of these creations is not realized.

 

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