Winnie Kiiza, Kasese Woman MP, told a news conference at Parliament today, that a section of elders, whom she declined to name, have been mobilizing signatures to present to the Ministry of Local Government for the split of Kasese to create Hima and Bwera, Kikorongo districts.
Kiiza, also the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, says with the recent insecurity in the district, the move is aimed at dividing the people, as well as discrediting the Obusinga bwa Rwenzururu kingdom.
She was supported by William Nzoghu, Busongora North MP, who argues that the district council in 2009 proposed a split of the district but this failed. Nzoghu believes there is a group of people in the district whose focus is disuniting the people.
Rwenzori sub-region was plagued by post-election violence in April this year, leaving more than 40 people, including soldiers and police officers dead and scores injured.
Harold Muhindo, Bukonzo East MP, notes that the proposals for splitting the district are aimed at only fuelling tribal clashes among the different communities.
Kiiza suggests that instead of the push for districts, residents and leaders should instead lobby government to revive several factories which have been run down, including cement and salt factories.
Last year, the 9th Parliament passed a motion to create 23 new districts. Kagadi, Kakumiro, Omoro and Rubanda became operational on July 1. The others will take effect in phases up to 2019.