Igara West Member of Parliament (MP), Raphael Magyezi has dismissed allegations of being behind the move to create a new Municipality in Bushenyi district to be called, Bitooma – Kyamuhunga Municipality.
This follows a petition filed by concerned residents to the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah. A group of concerned residents of the area met with Oulanyah earlier this week demanding that Parliament blocks any move for the creation of the new municipality since it was passed by the ditsrict council “in bad faith and for selfish interests of Raphael Magyezi”.
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. This would be called Bitooma Kyamuhunga municipality.
The petitioners led by Denis Owatsigireho said that, “We understand 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,” Owatsigireho added.
In response to the allegations, Magyezi says the petitioners are just disgruntled members of the opposition who only seek to undermine the efforts of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM).
Magyezi said; “I am now a hero in Igara West and my voters should be happy for having been granted leave by Parliament to table a private member’s Bill which sought to remove the constitutional cap of 35 and 75 years of age on presidential candidates”.
Magyezi said that he is not a member of the District Local Council and therefore doesn’t have the powers to create a municipality out of Bitooma town council.
He explained that the resolution to create a new municipality was taken after several consultations with over 100,000 people who qualify the area to become a municipality.
“Igara West has six tea factories which have contributed to Uganda’s economic development and creation of employment and the funds collected are sufficient to run a municipality,” Magyezi said.
He added that the petitioners should understand that funds to run a municipality are appropriated by Parliament to the districts and that the land for establishment of a municipality is available.