Ntungamo, home of the First Family
Posted Thursday, October 3 2013 at 01:00
Between undulating landscape of neigbouring Rwampara in the north to the hills of Kabale in the south; the escapements of Rujumbura in the west, plains of Isingiro and the heath of Rwanda in the south-east lies Ntungamo District.
Ntungamo area evolved from Rwampara and Kajara counties which were part of former Ankole Kingdom during the reign of Omugabe Kahaya Rutindangyezi. Rwanda Kingdom under its powerful and spiritual leader Kigyeli at one time extended its influence there and had its central base in Kabezi area and present-day Ngoma Sub-county.
Though Ankole Kingdom had a long lasting influence there, the Bakiga who mainly lived in current Kayonza Sub-county area were always rebellious against the king’s authority. When colonialists came, they assigned Buganda to administer Kajara while Rwampara remained in the hands of the Bahima. This is the main reason many parts of Kajara like Nyamunuuka remain predominantly occupied by Baganda Muslims.
Kajara became part of Bushenyi District when it was created in the 1970s while Rwampara became part of Mbarara District. Ntungamo was one of the first districts to be created at the advent of decentralisation and carved from Bushenyi and Mbarara in 1993. It was created at the time Kisoro and Kalangala were cut out from Kabale and Masaka districts respectively.
Ntungamo has a municipality, three town councils and 18 sub-counties. Rubaare, Kitwe and Rwashamaire are the town councils. Ntungamo municipality has three divisions; Central, Western and Eastern. Sub-counties include Ntungamo, Nyakyera, Itojo, Rukoni West, Rukoni East, Ruhaama, Rweikiniro, Ngoma, Kayonza, Rubaare, Rugarama, Rushenyi; Nyabihoko, Bwongyera, Ihunga and Kibatsi.
Movers and Shakers
She is the wife of the former Bank of Uganda Governor Joshua Amugyenyi and former Nyabushozi County MP. She is the brain behind the Nshenyi Culture Village.
The former Ntungamo Chief Administrative Officer is the current head of FDC in Ntungamo municipality.
Mbabazi Shakilah Karyeija.
She is the Ruhaama and Rweikiniro Sub-counties councillor and secretary for finance and administration in the council.
He was the first district chairperson of Ntungamo District and led it for 18 years before being defeated in 2010 NRM primaries. He now rears cattle.
He is the head of the Catholic Church in Ntungamo since 1992, being the most senior priest and head priest at Ntungamo Parish.
She is widow to the late Joseph Behakanira of Avemah Shopping Centre and Bwebaja Chogm hotel. She is influential in Ruhaama politics.
Maj Gen Zed Maruru.
Col Maruru was President Idi Amin’s Air Force commander. He also served as acting commander of the Uganda Air Force in 1973/74 and later as President Museveni’s advisor on military affairs.
The former Masaka District female youth councillor is the deputy Resident District Commissioner.