Parliament has approved creation of 46 new counties as well as the splitting of Nakawa division to create Nakawa West Constituency.
This followed a motion for a resolution of Parliament under Article 179 clause 4 of the Constitution providing for creation of new counties tabled by the Minister of Local Government, Raphael Magyezi.
The counties which have been approved by Parliament include the additional 31 counties which were approved by Cabinet on July 27, 2020.
These include; Kapir, Butiru, Kioga North, Bokora East, Napore West, Mawogola West, Otuke East, Ruhama East, Isingiro West, T’oo, Ochero, Soi, Namisindwa, Gweri, Pingire, Bunghoko Central, Aringa East, Kyaka Central, Ruhinda South, Bushigai, Gogonyo, Busiki North, West Budama North East, Maruzi North, Dodoth North, Rwampara East, Buhaguzi East, Nwoya East, Namayingo South, Elgon North and Samia-Bugwe South among others.
In June, Parliament rejected the creation of new 15 counties after several Members of Parliament raised concerns that some counties had been left out.
The 15 counties that had been tabled earlier included; Buyanja East, Ngariam, Agago West, Bukanga North, Bukimbiri, Nakaseke Central, Kiboga West, Buhweju West, Lamwo East, Bugangazi South, Chekwii East, Buwekula South, Kwania North, West Budama Central and Kagoma North.
All these counties have been brought back to Parliament for approval and were approved once the question was put by the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga.
The Deputy Attorney General, Jackson Kafuuzi as well tabled before Parliament a motion for creation of Nakawa West Constituency to be split from Nakawa division which was also approved members of the house.
With the approval of 47 new constituencies, the number of constituencies in the country will rise to 353 constituencies and the number of Members of Parliament (MP) will rise to 497 in the 11th Parliament.