Adolf Mwesigye, the Local Governments minister has halted the proposal by Mbarara Municipality to annex several sub counties in its preparations for a city status. Early this year, Mbarara Municipality started lobbying several sub Counties in Kashari and Rwampara counties to merge with the municipality. The move saw Kakiika, Biharwe, Nyakayojo and Bubaare merge with the municipality.
Previously, Mbarara municipality was comprised of Kakoba, Kamukuzi and Nyamitanga divisions. In a 25th June letter, addressed to Mbarara district leadership Adolf Mwesigye halts the proposed annexation of two additional sub counties from Kashari and Rwampara counties. He says cutting off Bubaare Sub County from Rwampara County would create a barrier for the remaining sub counties.
He also halts the proposal by the municipality to annex Rugando, Rubaya and Rwanyamahembe sub counties on grounds that there is no consensus from all residents in the area. This came after a cross section of residents of Rwanyamahembe Sub County petitioned the minister to intervene on the planned move to merge the sub county with Mbarara municipality arguing that it has been earmarked to host the proposed Kashari district. Bernard Mugume, the lead petitioner and LCV councilor Kashare Sub County says the intervention of the minister is timely.
Deus Tumusiime, the LC V chairperson Mbarara district says the intervention of the minister is a big relief because the proposal by the municipality to annex various sub counties had caused tension among the general public. Tumusiime says they are ready to receive and plan for the sub counties that had been cut off from the district.
Wilson Tumwine, the Mayor Mbarara municipality says the decision by the minister to halt their plan to annex several sub counties will affect their efforts to push for a city status as they will not be able to raise the required population of 500,000 people. He however, says they will not give up on their quest for a city status.