Kigyezi, which used to be a single district, is now divided into 6 districts that are under the direct control of the Central Government of Uganda. The districts are Kabale, Kanungu, Gisoro (Kisoro), Rubanda, Rukiga and Rukungiri.
When this district creation exercise ends, the old Kigyezi District will have been divided into 6 new districts, corresponding to a restoration of the old 6 counties, except the label and relationship with the central government of Uganda.
The Old Kigyezi Counties and their headquarters (with their successor district name in brackets) are:
Bufumbira (Kisoro) – Headquarters: Kisoro
Kinkizi (Kanungu) – Headquarters: Kanungu
Ndorwa (Kabale) – Headquarters: Kabale
Rubanda (Rubanda) – Headquarters: Murole
Rujumbura (Rukungiri)- Headquarters: Rukungiri
Rukiga (Rukiga) – Headquarters: Mparo
The 6 districts of Kigyezi are divided into the following administrative units called sub-counties (amagomborora) or LC III:
Kabale District: Kabale Kitesheni (Kiteeseni or Station), Kyanamira, Maziba, Buhara, Kamuganguzi, Rubaya and Kitumba.
Kanungu District: Kihiihi, Kambuga, Kiirima, Rutenga and Kayonza.
Kisoro District: Nyabwishenya, Bukimbiri, Nyakabande, Chahi, Nyarusiza, Busanza.
Rubanda District: Ikumba, Muko, Bubaare, Bufundi, Hamurwa, Ruhiija.
Rukiga District: Kashambya, Rwamucuucu, Kamuheesi (Kamwezi), Bukinda. (Nyakishenyi and Nyarushanje were part of Rukiga, but they were transferred to Rujumbura (Rukungiri) many years ago.)
Rukungiri District: Bugangari, Ruhinda, Nyakagyeme, Kagunga, Buyanja and Kebisooni.
The political parties at district level are branches of the countrywide parties. They have no autonomy and are controlled by the party leaders in Kampala. The two political parties with a significant presence in Kigyezi are the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and the National Resistance Movement (NRM.) Due to economic hardship faced by the majority of the residents of the districts, party activities at district level often look up to Kampala for funding. This gives inordinate control of the centre over these party branches.
Each district has the following key leaders:
Elected Local Council V
Chairperson of the Local Council V
Resident District Commissioner (representing the president)
Chief Administrative Officer
District Internal Security Officer
District Health Officer
District Education Officer
Kigyezi has members of the Uganda parliament representing 12 constituencies, plus district women representatives (currently 5, to increase to 6.) The region has consistently been well represented in the national cabinet. Two Banyakigyezi (Amama Mbabazi and Ruhakana Rugunda) have served as prime minister of Uganda. Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile, the current Governor of the Bank of Uganda is a native of Kabale.
Notwithstanding the passionate debates and partisan competition at district and national levels, the people of Kigyezi have been brought together as one under the International Community of Banyakigyezi (ICOB). Visit www.abanyakigezi.net for information about ICOB.