By Our Reporter
Police in Bushenyi district have used tear gas to disperse a group of residents who had gathered in Kyamari, Bitoma and Nyanga trading centers in Bitoma town council Igara West County to discuss the idea to elevate the administrative unit of Bitooma Town Council, Kyamuhunga Town Council and Kyamuhunga Sub County to municipality status.
A group of more than 10 petitioners led by Hamadhi Midragi, Denis Owastigireho, Hillary Muhereza and Andrew Kabazookye as opposed to the move which is greatly influenced by the Hon. Raphael Magyezi wanted to consult residents and come up with one voice to satisfy their petition which was submitted to the deputy speaker against a move by Igara West Member of Parliament, Raphael Magyezi and the District Local Council to create a municipality out of the three entities.
Shortly after the meetings, police led DPC Joel Komakech who came and blocked them from proceeding but the numbers surged, police fired teargas to disperse the crowds.
Speaking to www.mknewslink.com, Kabazookye also among the petitioners said that the three entities of Bitooma Town Council, Kyamuhunga Town Council and Kyamuhunga Sub County do not have the legal requirements and conditions for the attainment of Municipality status.
According to greater Bushenyi Police mouth piece Sp Martial Tumusiime, they couldn’t allow the group to hold meetings because they got an order from Kampala that there was a plan to cause chaos.
The Municipality idea was hatched after a resolution in one of Kyamuhunga sub county council meetings in 2018 and has been in process up to now.
Local council leaders from the two town councils at both local and district level supported it 100%.
The Municipality idea and the motion is pending in local government parliamentary committee and ministry of local government as it awaits approval by the Parliament.
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