Kayunga is not only about land wrangles
Posted Monday, September 23 2013 at 01:00
Kayunga District was carved out of the greater Mukono District in 2001 after being granted a district status by Parliament on December 1, 2000.
Before it became a district, Kayunga was popularly referred to by many people as the ‘Karamoja of Mukono’ mainly because of its remoteness, which hampered effective service delivery to people in the area.
Kayunga consists of Bbaale and Ntenjeru counties. The semi-arid Bbaale county is part of the cattle corridor while Ntenjeru is where most of the commercial farming takes place because of its fertile soils.
The district has eight sub-counties of Kangulumira, Nazigo, Busaana, Kayunga, Kayonza, Bbaale, Galilaaya, Kitimbwa and one town council of Kayunga town.
Kayunga enjoys a unique location as it lies in the central region of Uganda and is 74km east of Kampala City. The district has a total land area of 1810 square kilometres.
The district is endowed with a rich cultural heritage and diversity in ethnicity and it is because of this that it is referred to as the ‘United Nations of Uganda’.
Unlike other districts, several tribes in Uganda can be found in this district; including the Baganda, Basoga, Baruli, Iteso, Jopadhola, Kuku, Bagwere, Banyolo, Bagisu, Banyala, Banyarwanda, Acholi, Kakwa, Langi, Banyoro, Banyankore and others. These constitute 60 per cent of population in Busaana sub-county. The literacy levels in the district stand at 50 per cent.
360,100: Size of population
Literacy levels: The literacy levels in Kayunga District stand at 50 per cent according to recent reports.
Kayunga has 168 public primary schools and eight public secondary schools
Economic activities: Agriculture is the major economic activity as well as the major source of employment. Ninety-three per cent of the population is employed in subsistence agriculture. Agricultural production mainly involves growing of coffee, bananas, sweet potatoes, cassava, maize, beans and ground nuts. Fruits particularly pineapples, melon, passion fruits and mangoes are also grown for commercial purposes. The district is currently the major pineapple growing area in the country.
Resource envelope: The main revenue for the district is from market dues and fees which constitute only about 10 per cent of the district revenue with almost 90 per cent of money that runs the district being got from the central government.
Social services in the district: Kayunga district has one main district hospital called Kayunga hospital and eight health centre III. Constructed in early 70s, Kayunga Hospital has had no major renovation a condition that has made it dilapidated.
The hospital’s sewage and water systems have for long been broken while the hospital beds have become old. Due to the rising population, district leaders led by the district LC5 chairman have been advocating for the elevation of the health to a regional referral hospital to be able to manage the big number of patients from surrounding districts, who seek treatment from the health facility.
The hospital is also ill-equipped, though the staff is said to be enough. The district has a tarmac road that passes trough it from Mukono to Njeru in Buikwe District via Bukolooto Trading Centre. Kayunga has 168 public primary schools and eight public secondary schools
Tourist attractions: The district is not endowed with many tourism resources. The only big tourism resource that would have brought in a lot of revenue would be Kalagala cultural site and the Kalagala falls on River Nile in Kangulimira Sub-county, sand beaches on river Nile, which all remain undeveloped.
The people moving and shaking Kayunga
Idah Nantaba: She is serving her first term as Kayunga Woman MP. The state minister for Lands is known for her fight against land grabbers, a thing that has won her endearment. Nantaba lobbied for a Shs500m soap factory at Bukolooto Trading Centre.
Amos Lugoloobi: He is serving his first term as Ntenjeru North MP. Before joining elective politics, he worked with Uganda Investment Authority. His efforts to enhance agricultural productivity through provision of tractors has made him popular.