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Jopadhola vote to incorporate Rubongi sub-county into Tororo municipality
Leaders from the Jopadhola community have vote to include Rubongi sub-country in Tororo Municipality against a directive by the security minister.

Leaders from the Jopadhola community have  vote to include Rubongi sub-country in Tororo Municipality against a directive by the security minister.

In February, the Tororo district council decision to vote on having Rubongi sub-county incorporated into Tororo municipality led to violence in the council and the vote had to be abandoned on the advice of Security minister Henry Tumukunde who was present.

The failure of the vote to proceed was a result of mainly Iteso councillors opposing the move because they saw it as an attempt to disadvantage the Iteso community in ongoing negotiations to split Tororo district.Those in favour of the vote were mainly Jopadhola councillors who claimed that incorporating Rubongi into the Tororo municipality would improve services to the subcounty and help in future negotiations for granting Tororo a city status.The Iteso in the district, most of whom live in Tororo county, have long demanded for a district of their own to be carved out of the current Tororo district. Part of their demand is that Tororo municipality be incorporated into the new district.

However, most Jopadhola view this demand as unreasonable and it has led to the impasse in the negotiations for splitting the district.

Against such a background, many Iteso see the move to incorporate Rubongi into Tororo municipality as a move meant to increase the percentage of Jopadhola in the municipality, which will in effect make it harder for Tororo municipality to be made part of an Iteso dominated new district.