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Rukiga-Speaking Locals in Kisoro Demand Own Constituency

Leaders and residents of Bukimbiri in Kisoro district have petitioned President Yoweri Museveni over the delayed gazetting of Bukimbiri constituency that he promised them in 2015.

In their letter, the locals reminded the president that on December 30th 2015 while on his campaign trail in Kisoro, he granted the people of Bukimbiri a county status.

These added that after the pledge, the district council sitting on October 13th 2016 under minute 13/DLG/2016/17 passed a resolution providing for the creation of Bukimbiri county, for onward submission to the minister of local government.

They also noted that on February 13th 2019, while meeting a delegation from Kisoro, Museveni emphasised on the pledge, yet up to now it remains unfulfilled.

Meanwhile as the 2021 election fever mounts, Bikimbiri residents have turned their anger onto Hon John Nizeyimana Kamara the Bufumbira North Member of parliament, whom they accuse of trying to block their constituency.

The residents claim Kamara in the boundary creation process at parliament, has proposed the removal of Nyabwisheya sub county from the rest of the county.

The residents last week gathered signatures to move a motion to the Ministry of Local Government to ignore resolutions made by legislatures.

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Asigario Turyagyenda a resident of Nyabwishenya said the reason they wanted their own district before the president promised they a constituency was because they as Rukiga speaking people, do not understand Rufumbira language and that they have often faced segregation.

Bukimbiri sub county was initially in Bufumbira County which is now Kisoro district.

It is largely inhabited by the Bakiga Tribe.

Abel Bizimana, the Kisoro LCV chairman has since called for calm saying the issue is being sorted.

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