Betrayed? Minority tribes in Kasese District claim that they demanded for the district split after realising that they were marginalised but authorities say they will not allow a district created to benefit only small ethnicities.
At least 90 per cent of residents in Kasese have shown interest in the split of the district, according to a parliamentary committee that was in the area last week on a fact-finding mission.
Ms Florence Kintu, chairperson of the Public Service and Local Government Committee of Parliament while meeting Basongora and Banyabindi elders and petitioners in Kasese town said they, however, were not convinced with the boundaries and other modalities involved in new districts.
All stakeholders in the district’s five constituencies were consulted but the minority groups insisted that they want their own district in order to solve their problems such as poor service delivery and denial by the majority right for land.
In 2010, the district council resolved to split the mother Kasese into Kasese, Bwera and Rwenzururu districts but the minority tribes, Basongora and Banyabindi rejected the proposal calling for their own district, Busongora.
Ms Lucy Kamya Abwooli, a resident, said: “Bakonzo have forced our children to learn Lukonzo in government schools which has killed our culture. We feel this is the time for us to have our own district which would address most of our demands.”
Bart Atwooki Kitakakaire, who led the Banyabindi, told the MPs that it was the minority groups that demanded for the district split after realising that they were marginalised.
However, Mr David Muhumuza (Mwenge North) said the Bakonzo have vowed not to release the lower lands to the minority tribes since they contain all the resources and lakes for the fish which is their favourite dish.
But the district chairman, Lt. Col. Mawa Muhindo, insisted that the resolution of council still stands and warned that his leadership will not accept a district created to benefit only small ethnicities because it would create more confusion.Ms Kintu (Kalungu) was accompanied by Ignatius Besisira (Buyaga east), David Muhumuza (Mwenge north), Keneth Bosa Kiyingi (Mawokota South) and Maate Joseph Kireghegya (Bughedera County)