Last March, Kibaale District Council passed a resolution creating 11 new sub-counties and five town councils largely to scale up political representation and defuse the ethno-political conflicts in the volatile district.
The same district council also created two new counties and altered the boundaries of Nalweyo and Kisiita sub-counties.
On April 5, George William Namyaka, the Kibaale District chairperson, forwarded the district council resolution to the Local Government minister for approval.
In his response, Minister Adolf Mwesige writes: “This is to inform you that I have, under section 7(5) of the Local Government Act, approved the creation of eleven (11) sub-counties and alteration of boundaries of Nalweyo and Kisiita sub-counties.”
The approved sub-counties are: Kyaterekera, Ndaiga, Ruteete, Burora, Pachwa, Kabamba, Kyenzige, Mpasaana, Birembo, Bubango and Nyamarwa. In the letter, Mwesige also approved 32 new parishes.
“The new sub-counties and the alteration of boundaries of the sub-counties will become effective July 1, 2010,” Mwesige wrote.
The boundaries of Nalweyo and Kisiita sub-counties were drawn along ethnic lines. After splitting Bugangaizi County into two - Bugangaizi County and Bugangaizi East; Nalweyo Sub-county remained in Bugangaizi County, while Kisiita which is predominately inhabited by the immigrant Bafuruki went to Bugangaizi East.