President Museveni has asked for support to end the creation of new districts. The president says this will help save some money to help Youth with capital
In 1990, Uganda had 34 districts; the total number would jump to 137 by July 2019. In September 2015, the Ugandan Parliament created 23 new districts, to be phased in over the next four years
‘‘Whereas the government has done a lot in terms of health, education and infrastructure, the following is what we seek to do to help our youth improve themselves and their lives. The first is skills for the youth. We have some youth who are educated but not skilled. The skills will make you more employable.’’ The president said while presiding over International Youth Day celebrations held at Kampiringisa in Mpigi District
He added: On the question of capital for , I urge MPs and ministers to support me in de-emphasizing some expenditures, like creation of new districts, so that we make more money available for the youth to use as capital.
Last month, while addressing rallies in Nebbi and Apac as he canvassed support for NRM parliamentary and mayoral flag bearers in the newly-created municipalities, President Museveni revealed that the ruling NRM party is creating more new districts and municipalities because it believes in people power.
Late last year, Mr. Museveni made also an unequivocal defence of NRM government’s continuous creation of more districts.
The President argued that creating more constituencies and splitting up districts would create political harmony and address the problem of sectarianism.
However, the Ministry of Finance has time and again complained about the endless splitting of local governments, which continues to strain the treasury.
Museveni has often urged that creating new districts is not wasting government money. “That is not wastage, we just don’t want any Ugandan to be oppressed by another one.”
According to the president, more political representatives mean that small groups of people are well represented in government and don’t have leaders forced onto them by majority.
Gen Museveni observes that this helps address what he called “the tyranny of numbers.”
“You have areas which were populated by different ethnic groups; for in instance Bundibugyo district, you had two groups of people there. When we had one constituency, you would find that they are still voting on a sectarian basis,”
As a way of stopping this sectarian voting, Museveni says, he thought it would be wise to “separate these people, because it will create enmity.”
Splitting of district and constituencies, the President said, is part of his government’s “libaratory strategies”