The land of Imbalu

Sironko District in eastern Uganda was formerly a county under Mbale District. It was elevated to district status in 2000. And like most Ugandan districts, it is named after its main commercial town, Sironko.

Thursday October 10 2013

Candidates for circumcision conduct the traditional Imbalu dance ahead of circumcision.

Candidates for circumcision conduct the traditional Imbalu dance ahead of circumcision. The tradition is marked after every two years. PHOTO by David Mafabi. 

By David Mafabi

Lydia Wanyoto. She is a born of Buwalasi Sub-county in Sironko. She has been in the East African Parliament for two terms and is rethinking her political stand. Wanyoto has funded a number of women groups in Sironko and Mbale to eradicate poverty.

Femiar Wadada, the Sironko Woman MP lost the 2006 election to NRM’s Beatrice Wabudeya. When Ms Wabudeya relocated to Budadiri East in 2011, she got an easy ride defeating a pack of NRM-leaning candidates. LoP Nandala Mafabi is her mentor.

Sam Wajega. Although he stays in Mbale, Mr Wajega is keen in the development of his home district. Usually he will ask, what has happened in the district or whether the councillors are doing the right thing. He is an ardent supporter of FDC and is the party’s regional mobiliser.

Gerald Mbasa. The District Police Commander has been in Sironko since 2009. He says although at the time he came in the district, land wrangles ranked number one in the district, they have now been overtaken by defilement, especially by the youths.

Sarah Bugoosi is the District Education Officer. She has served in this capacity since 2008. Ms Bugoosi says the education department has a total of 138 primary schools of which 110 are government-aided and 28 private.

Dr Rogers Nabende.
He is the District Health Officer. Dr Nabende says the health sector in Sironko has 29 health facilities not including the private drug shops and clinics. There are two health centre IVs, one in each of the two constituencies of Budadiri East and Budadiri West.

Ignatius Iisiat. He is the head teacher Masaba Secondary School, the oldest school in the district founded by missionaries in 1953. Mr Iisiat joined the school in 2008 and has over seen several renovations. He has increased the enrollment to 1,200 students and academics are improving.

Rogers Wadada Musalo is a lawyer and former contestant for Budadiri East Parliamentary seat. He is instrumental in the district’s politics.

Apollo Namisi, is a former head teacher of Nabumali High School, Nkoma SS, Mbale SS and Masaba SS. Mr Namisi retired in 2002 but was called to head Madhvani schools in Kakira as an education officer where he is still working.

Bishop Daniel Gimadu of North Bugisu Diocese says people are corrupt and immoral because the element of God is lacking in them and that in order for society to change, people need to repent and get back to God.

Dr Moses Nambale. The former head teacher of Nambulu SS is now a lecturer at Uganda Christian University. He says education is an investment.

Sarah Maberi. A retired teacher, she was the first girl-child to enroll in Nabumali High School in 1922. Ms Maberi, 87, says the district must promote girl education.

Daniel Nakisali. He is the chairman of Mt Elgon Bee Farmers Association, a group that operates on the slopes of Mt Elgon and has several bee hives in the park. He says he harvests not less than 400 litres from the bee hives in a season, which earns him Shs7.9 million every six months.

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