The land of Imbalu
Posted Thursday, October 10 2013 at 01:00
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.
Formerly Budadiri County, the district comprises two constituencies; Budadiri East and Budadiri West.
The main town, Sironko, is located approximately 22 kilometers by road, northeast of Mbale, the largest city in the sub-region.
Majority of the people in Sironko belong to the Bagisu ethnic group and Lugisu is the most widely spoken language.
It gave birth to Bulambuli District more than four years ago.
Who is who in sironko?
He succeeded Prof Ogenga Latigo as Leader of Opposition in Parliament in 2011. Mr Nandala Mafabi has represented Budadiri West since 2001. He cut the national appeal when in the 8th Parliament, as Public Accounts Committee chairperson, drew a sharp line against corruption. In 2011, the NRM fronted Beatrice Wabudeya to run against him but Nandala won the race by a wide margin. He owns coffee farms, a string of businesses in Sironko, Mbale and Kampala.
David Livingstone Kibale Wambi. He was Budadiri East MP from 1996 to 2006 before becoming the LC5 chairman. He is remembered for his tough stance in the fight against corruption and at one time arrested some members of the executive. He has promised to contest the district seat again.
Dr Wabudeya was the District Woman MP from 1996 to 2010. She failed to bounce back when in 2011 she contested for the Budadiri West seat with Nandala Mafabi. She opened many health centre IIs and fought poverty.
William Wogoire. He is an agriculturist and a director at Buginyanya Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute. He has sensitised many farmers on how to plant drought resistant crops and use of Bio-technology to overcome such challenges.
Isaiah Ssaga. A former secondary school teacher and educationist, he is the current MP for Budadiri West. The FDC man beat NRM’s Cosmos Busiima. Mr Sasaga is a director of Sironko Parents, one of the prominent schools in the district.
James Nabende. The former clerk at Buhugu Sub-county for about 30 years joined politics in 2001 and became the district’s first vice chairperson; first to Mr Francis Nagimesi and in 2006 to Mr Kibale Wambi. He crossed to FDC and beat Mr Kibale in 2011 for the LC5 seat.
David Livingstone Giruli
Former MP for Budadiri West, who went to Parliament on the UPC ticket 1996, crossed to NRM in 1998 while still in the House. Mr Nandala Mafabi has beaten him thrice. Mr Giruli is a former forester and has engaged many in tree planting.
Robert Gimunye, is a development-oriented person who started the first modern hotel in Budadiri called Wagagai Hotel. The former banker is a down-to-earth man and says hotel business is what will bring tourists and foreign exchange to the country.
Suleiman Lumolo. Mr Lumulo owns Kampala Modernity, a car dealing agency, and also owns fuel stations in the country. He is one of the biggest landlords in Sironko and Mbale towns. Lumolo is the NRM chairman for Sironko District and doubles as the NRM Elgon zone mobiliser.