Mbale, one of the seven municipalities that were elevated to city status, will have two Divisions from the three that have been part of the Municipality. They include the Industrial Division and Northern Division.
The Electoral Commission has embarked on the fresh demarcation of the Electoral areas in the newly created
Mbale City, which will be operationalized on July 1, 2020.
Mbale, one of the seven municipalities
that were elevated to city status, will have two Divisions from the three that
have been part of the Municipality. They include the Industrial Division and
Five Sub Counties make up
Industrial Division including the Mother Industrial Division, Wanale Davison,
Nauyo Town council and Bukasakya sub-county.
Whilst, the Northern Division Comprises of 7 Sub counties including
Northern Division, Nakaloke Town council, Nakaloke, Namabasa, Lwaso, Namanyonyi
and Bukonde Sub counties.
“Following the recent approval of
Mbale City, the Electoral Commission is undertaking its mandate to demarcate
Mbale city and re-demarcate the rest of Mbale district,” the commission said in
a letter to the Mbale District Administrative Officer.
According to the Electoral
Commission, Mbale City Council Shall have four Directly Elected Councilors; two
for each of the divisions, four District Women Councilors; two for every
Division, two Youth Councilors per Division, two Persons with Disabilities per
Division and two older persons per Division.
Industrial City Division Shall
comprise of 26 Directly Elected Councilors from the 26 wards, while the
Northern City Division will have 32 City Councilors coming from the 32 Wards, 20
of them being Women to form the 1/3 of the Council as per the Local Government
Meanwhile, Mbale District will
remain with the two constituencies of Bungokho County North and Bungokho County
According to the demarcations,
some sub-counties have been paired while others are left independent depending
on the population of the area. The new District Council will now Comprise of 17
Directly Elected Councilors and 11 District Women Councilors Forming 1/3 of the
Mbale District Returning Officer Charles
Rebero said that some of the parishes have been combined to ensure that they
come up with the 1/3 of the Women Councilors in Council and that it depended on
the proximity of the parishes.
He urged the residents of Mbale
to adhere and adapt to the changes that have come along with the city adding
that the process of demarcation is in its final stages and they will be
submitting for printing.
//Cue in; “In the Councils…
Cue out…about the city”//
Kirinya Ayubu is the URN Bureau Chief of Elgon/Bukedi Sub Regions . He holds a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communication from Islamic University in Uganda and a Diploma in Computer Science and Information Technology from the same University.