Relocation of Itojo Sub County to New Ruhaama East Irks Ntungamo Leaders

Ntungamo District Chairman, Denis Singahache.

The relocation of Itojo Sub-county and Nyamukana town council in Ntungamo district to the newly created Ruhaama East has angered leaders of Ntungamo district.

Ntungamo district council in 2015 passed a resolution to split Ruhaama County and Ruhaama East. Nyamukana Town council, Itojo, Ntungamo, Rwekiniro, Kafunjo and Nyarutuntu Sub Counties formed the original Ruhaama constituency, while Ruhaaama East, Rukoni East and west, Nyakyera Sub counties, Rwoho Town council, Kitwe Town Council and Nyakyera Town council formed Ruhaama East County.

While approving the creation of Ruhaama East Constituency last week, Raphael Magyezi, Local government Minister relocated Itojo Sub County and Nyakyera Town Council to Ruhaama East contrary to the district council resolution.

Now leaders of the two administrative units are protesting the action of the minister.

Benon Kwesigabo, the Chairperson LC III Itojo Sub-county and acting Mayor Nyamukana Town Council says they are petitioning parliament against the decision of relocating the two areas to Ruhaama East whose headquarters will be in Rukoni Sub County compared to Ruhaama which has headquarters at Nyarutuntu Sub County.

Denis Muhumuza Savimbi, the District councillor Itojo Sub County, says when they moved from Mbarara District to Ntungamo, they wanted services closer and shifting them to Ruhaama East is not unacceptable.

Adens Ntare Rutaro, a resident of Nyamukana, says that they were surprised to find out that the boundaries were altered by selfish individuals who opposed the district council resolution.

He says the district is given the mandate by the constitution to make such resolutions noting that he is against the new demarcation.

Ruhaama County Member of Parliament, Moses Kahima Mugabe, says he was surprised by the resolution and received numerous complaints from the area residents.

However, Denis Singahache, the LCV Chairperson, says that the district council set the boundaries and submitted the report to the Minister of Local Government.

Magyezi, says they have received the complaint from the district leaders which will be discussed.

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