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Obusinga backs Kasese district split

By Vision Reporter

Added 1st May 2011 03:00 AM

THE Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu (Rwenzururu kingdom) has backed the Kasese District Council resolution to split the district into three.

THE Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu (Rwenzururu kingdom) has backed the Kasese District Council resolution to split the district into three.

By John Thawite
And Bernard Masereka


THE Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu (Rwenzururu kingdom) has backed the Kasese District Council resolution to split the district into three.

“After consulting stakeholders in the kingdom including religious leaders, we decided to support the proposal,” the kingdom’s 2nd Deputy Premier, Thembo Kitsumbire said.

Kitsumbire made the call at a press conference in Virina Gardens, Kasese Municipality, on Wednesday.

He said the Rwenzururu king, Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere, the Irema-Ngoma had on April 20, held a meeting with three bishops in the district over the issue of splitting the district.

Thembo Nzerebende of South Rwenzori, Egidio Nkaijanabwo (Kasese Catholic Diocese and Ezekiel Mutwanga (Seventh Day Adventist Church) met the king at his palace.

“He invited us to seek our views on splitting the district,” Bishop Nzerebende said.

Kitsumbire said: “We have decided to back the district council proposal because it is seen as an opportunity to extend services nearer to our people and to create jobs.”

Kitsumbire rubbished media reports that the Omusinga had rejected the proposal, saying the king was only concerned about the timing.

The motion seeking to split Kasese into three, Rwenzori, Bwera and Kasese, was tabled in October last year by the outgoing Kasese district chairman, Rev. Can Julius Kithaghenda.

The district councillors representing the opposition stormed out and were later supported by MPs Yokasi Bihande (Bukonzo East) the district woman MP, Winfred Kiiza Bihande and outgoing Busongora South MP, Christopher Kibanzanga.

In December last year, the local government minister, Adolf Mwesige, wrote to the district chairman asking him to seek the input of the Rwenzururu kingdom before the matter can be presented before cabinet.

Kitsumbire hailed the minister for respecting the Rwenzururu kingdom by seeking their input before the central government can approve the district resolution.

Obusinga backs Kasese district split

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