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Govt creates 39 new counties, number of MPs rises to 424

Local government minister Adolf Mwesige

Cabinet has approved the creation of 39 new constituencies, a move that will drive the number of legislators to 424.

The motion seeking the approval for the new constituencies was this afternoon tabled before parliament by Local Government minister Adolf Mwesige.

 Mwesige said that it is considered necessary to create the counties for effective representation, streamlining administration, internal emancipation and reduction of marginalization.

He added that the new counties will improve planning of those areas and extend services closer to the people.

They are created in line with article 179(4) of the Constitution that provides for creation of administrative units including counties and Section 7(7) which empowers Parliament to approve alteration of boundaries for creation of a new county.

The following are the proposed new counties:

NEW COUNTY

FROM (OLD COUNTY)

DISTRICT

Agago North

Agago County

Agago

Orungo County

Amuria County

Amuria

Lutseshe County

Manjiya County

Bududa

Kachumbala County

Bukedea County

Bukedea

Bukomansimbi South

Bukomansimbi County

Bukomansimbi

Elgon County

Bulambuli County

Bulambuli

Dokolo South County

Dokolo County

Dokolo

Gomba West County

Gomba County

Gomba

Kilak North County

Kilak County

Amuru

Ik County

Dodoth East County

Kaabong

Bulamogi North-West County

Bulamogi County

Kaliro

Kabweri County

Kibuku County

Kibuku

Kashongi County

Nyabushozi County

Kiruhura

Kibanda North County

Kibanda County

Kiryandongo

Chua East County

Chua County

Kitgum

Kole North County

Kole County

Kole

Kanyum County

Kumi County

Kumi

Butemba County

Kiboga West County

Kyankwanzi

Kyaka South County

Kyaka County

Kyegegwa

Mwenge Central County

Mwenge North County

Kyenjojo

Luuka South County

Luuka County

Luuka

Maracha East County

Maracha County

Maracha

Kashari South County

Kashari County

Mbarara

Ruhinda North County

Ruhinda County

Mitooma

Tepeth County

Matheniko County

Moroto

Aruu North County

Aruu County

Pader

Buyamba County

Kooki County

Rakai

Mawogola North County

Mawogola County

Sembabule

Dakabela County

Soroti County

Soroti

Ora County

Okoro County

Zombo

Kibale County

Butebo County

Pallisa

Tororo North County

Tororo County

Tororo

Kibale East County

Kibale County

Kamwenge

Aringa North County

Aringa County

Yumbe

Aringa South County

Aringa County

Yumbe

Kigorobya County

Bugahya County

Hoima

Koboko North County

Koboko County

Koboko

Bukuya County

Kasanda County

Mubende

Adjumani East County

East Moyo County

Adjumani

 The deputy speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah referred the motion to Parliament's Committee on Public Service and Local Government. The committee has one week to report back to the House. Mwesige says the new counties take effect from 1st July 2015.

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