Kadama are a minority community of Nakapiripirt district in Karamoja sub region. They live around Mount Kinei in the far East of district bordering Amudat as well as Kenya. According to Hon. Esther Anyakun, the Woman MP Nakapiripirit, the community needs affirmative representation in the parliament through their own constituency in order to address political representation.
The cabinet decision
approving the creation of Chekwi East Constituency in Nakapiripirit district
has drawn mixed reactions for local leaders. On June 24, cabinet approved the
creation 9 new constituencies including Chekwi East to be curved from Chekwii
The creation of the new
constituency is meant to provide representation for the minority Kadama
community. A section of the leaders mostly from Kadama community want the new
constituency to only cover the Kadama geographical location such that the
minority ethnic group can get effective representation in parliament.
John Lonyee Kiyonga, the Kadam Sub County LC V Councilor has
petitioned the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga opposing inclusion of
other areas dominated by native Karamojongs under the new constituency.
He wants the Speaker to remove Kakamongole Sub County, which predominately
hosts Karamojongs from Ckekwi East.
He says inclusion of Kakamongole, which has an estimated
population of 10, 000 people that is twice the population of the Kadama
minority ethnic group will undermine the affirmative action. “Including Kakamongole
in Chekwi East will defeat the purpose of its creation.
This constituency is
meant to give representation to the minority Kadama which will be jeopardized
once Karimojong who are majority are included,” reads the petition in part. Kiyonga told URN in an
interview that from the Kadama ethnic group have unanimously resolved that the
new constituency should address their representation gap.
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Esther Anyakun, the Nakapiripirit Woman MP agrees that the
new constituency should improve the representation of the Kadama minority.
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However, the Works State Minister, Peter Lokeris
and the Nakapiripirit District Speaker, Richard Lochoto and some other leaders
are opposed to the suggestion.
Lochoto wants parliament
to approve the composition of the new constituency including Kakamongole Sub
County as earlier captured in the minutes of the district council that resolved
the creation of a new constituency.
He says council
resolved to have Kakamogole in the new constituency and the decision should be
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Once Kakamogole Sub County is left out the Chekwi East
Constituency will comprise Moruita and Lemusui Sub counties and Nakapipirit
Town Council. Like the Ik of Kaabong and Tepeth of Moroto, the Kadama speak
their own language and have different cultural practices.
The area has a total
population of about 10, 000 people with voter population of about 5,000.
The area is hard to reach with very poor road network. According to the
district leaders, sometimes they are forced to go through Kenya to gain access
to the area.
The community is a result of intermarriages between the Karimojong
and Kushites in Kenya. They live around Mount Kinei in the far East of
Nakapiripirit district, which borders Amudat as well as Kenya.