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Toroma residents demand district

By Emmanuel Alomu

Added 17th July 2019 12:55 PM

In 2016, Katakwi District Council resolved to create the new district of Toroma and three counties of Katakwi, Magoro and Ngariam.

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In 2016, Katakwi District Council resolved to create the new district of Toroma and three counties of Katakwi, Magoro and Ngariam.

Toroma Residents during the meeting. Photos by Emmanuel Alomu

Residents of Toroma County in Katakwi district have urged their Members of Parliament to follow up the issue of creating the new Toroma district.

In 2016, Katakwi District Council resolved to create the new district of Toroma and three counties of Katakwi, Magoro and Ngariam.

Currently, Katakwi has 20 sub-counties and town councils plus two counties of Usuk and Toroma.

If the new district of Toroma is carved out from Katakwi, it will comprise the six sub-counties of Magoro, Amusia, Angodingod, Kapujan, Omodoi, Toroma, including the two town councils of Toroma and Magoro.

Katakwi District Woman MP Violet Akurut Adome talking to residents during the meeting

Pampas Otim, 67, a resident of Kapujan sub-county said Amuria district which was carved out of Katakwi in 2005, has received Kapelebyong new district faster than Toroma which equally has a big population.

The Katakwi district statistical abstract for 2012/2013 indicates that Toroma County has over 46,800 people and Usuk 137,200. The total population of the district was at 184,000.

Kalangala is the least populated district in Uganda with less than 60,000 people, according to Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) report released in 2016.

Elijah Patrick Obwalinga, a resident of Kokorio parish, said the creation of Toroma district would enable the youth to get jobs because they are ever blamed for being idle in trading centres.

“Let our leaders fight for the creation of Toroma district instead of Ngariam County which will benefit only one person (MP),” Obwalinga said on Monday. 

The MPs were in the county meeting with local leaders, NRM village chairpersons and women councils among others discussing their roles and the Party achievements. 

 

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