- The local leaders have in the past wooed the electorates to support them in demanding for creation of new districts
- Already, Obongi, Terego And Madi-Okollo districts are in pipeline for operation as new districts
- Recently, the ministry of finance said there was inadequate funds for new districts
- So far, Koboko, Maracha, Yumbe and Adjumani districts were carved out of Arua district
By Our Reporter
Arua- Arua district council hall was filled to capacity as the councilors and opinion leaders from Vurra county witnessed the approval of a motion seeking creation of Vurra district.
There was applause as the vice LCV chairperson and leader of government business, Mr Genesis Acema presented a key note motion seeking approval of the creation of Vurra district.
Mr Moses Angundru the MP Terego West who attended the council sitting for the first time, expressed optimism that the creation of Vurra district will take services closer to the people.
Meanwhile some of the councilors who attended the meeting said the creation of Vurra district is long overdue as the leaders and people of Vurra have offered core support for the NRM government since 1986.
MP Terego West Moses Angundru speaking to after the council approval of creation of Vurra district.
According to them, the new district will act as a reward from the NRM and take services nearer to the people whom they say have been suffocated over the years in poor service delivery.
Ms Joyce Asiku, a resident of Ovisoni trading center, said: “I feel that we are still close to Arua Municipality that is already becoming a City. This will create duplication of resources because we will even still have poor health and education facilities even when we get the district. New districts are even struggling with issues of low funding and other resources to run them.”
According to Mr Feni Twaib, the chairperson civil society network Arua, since the law gives citizens the power to decide how they should be governed, there will be creation of ore districts despite resource constraints to run them.
“Part of the reasons why different agencies are rating Arua to be least performing is because it is too large. We have always said at national level that we would think government should not create more districts. Monitoring, reporting is becoming a challenge. We will then rally behind the council resolution.”
According to reports, the people of Vurra under the guidance of their MP Gabriel Aridru held series of meetings to draft a resolution demanding for their own district as opposed to an earlier plan to annex part of it to form the Arua City.
If successfully passed by Parliament after Cabinet approval, Arua district, which is now the largest in Uganda will remain with Ayivu County and Arua Municipality since Madi Okollo and Terego are destined for their own district status from next financial year.