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Ankole MPs Want Own Ministry

Kashari South MP, Nathan Itungo

A section lawmakers from Ankole sub-region have demanded for special recognition from Government and have a Ministry created to handle issues affecting the people hailing from the area.

The request was made by Nathan Itungo, the Kashari South MP during Tuesday’s plenary sitting held to pay tribute to the former Ishaka Municipality MP, Gordon Arinda, who passed on in January 2022, after losing his battle to the deadly Covid-19 in Mbarara regional referral hospital.

During his tribute, Itungo told Parliament that Late Arinda was an advocate for Ankole Affairs ministry and called on the prime minister Robinnah Nabbanja to take up this demand to cabinet and Ankole gets a ministry as other sub regions like Teso, Bunyoro and Northern Uganda .

“I remember how Arinda was good as far as matters of Ankole was concerned, he was so passionate, at one time he made a proposal, he was wondering why other regions have Ministers in charge of Affairs and Ankole doesn’t have a Minister in charge of its affairs. So it was his dream that since other regions have Ministers in charge of their affairs, Ankole also has affairs, I wish you could extend his dream and request to the appointing authority for ankole to have a minister,” said Itungo.

Gaffa Mbatekamwa (Igara West) said that for people of Bushenyi to remember the legacy of late Arinda, government should construct Bushenyi stadium and name after him.

Mbwatekamwa wants a stadium built in honour of the late Arinda

“He was a true NRM cadre, as people of Bushenyi, in one way of thanking Arinda did for our party and country, we pray that may be you construct a stadium, Bushenyi Stadium and we can even name it after him,” said Mbwatekamwa.

Deputy Speaker who led the tribute by reminding Parliament that his colleagues in August House referred to him as cow boy, described Arinda as a jolly person who had no enemies in life.

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