Bushenyi: The model district of matooke and tea

BUSHENYI- Bushenyi District is one of the oldest districts in Uganda. Created in 1974 out of Mbarara District, Bushenyi was the cradle of the UPC party in the western region.
In 2009, it was split into five districts (four new districts of Buhweju, Mitooma, Sheema and Rubirizi districts) with one new municipal council of Bushenyi-Ishaka. This has drastically reduced the size of Bushenyi District from five counties to one of Igara that includes the municipality. The district is made of one county (Igara), nine Sub-counties, a municipal council, four town boards, three wards, 64 parishes and 565 villages.

Location: The district has a land area of 3’949 square kilometers and lying between 910 and 2,500 meters above sea level. The main physical features include natural tropical forests of Karinzu and Imaramagambo covering an area of 784 km. These serve as tourist attractions. Arable land covers 2,215 square kms; open water bodies cover 372 square kms and wetlands covering 183 square kms.

Social services: Bushenyi has 36 private and government health centres and three privately owned hospitals. There are 127 government-aided primary schools and 56 private owned ones. The district has seven government-aided secondary schools and 31 private secondary schools.

As projected in the national statistics by 2010, Bushenyi District has a population of 117,000 males and 124,000 female respectively totalling to 241,500 people. The population distribution in rural and urban areas is projected to stand at 89 per cent rural and 11 per cent urban. The urban population is projected to be almost 1:1 male to female ratio. The population density stands at 282 people per square km with a household size of six.

Population: As projected in the national statistics by 2010, Bushenyi District has a population of 117,000 males and 124,000 female respectively totalling to 241,500 people. The population distribution in rural and urban areas is projected to stand at 89 per cent rural and 11 per cent urban. The urban population is projected to be almost 1:1 male to female ratio. The population density stands at 282 people per square km with a household size of six.

Economic activities: The district is well known for the growing of bananas and dairy farming. Residents also grow coffee and tea. People are also involved in semi-intensive agriculture, trade and commerce, transport, stone quarrying, sand mining, mineral mining, construction, tourism, and lumbering.

The people who move and shake Bushenyi

Mary Karooro Okurut is the district Woman MP and Minister of Gender and Social Development.

Michael Mawanda is the Member of Parliament for Igara East and a prominent businessman.

Rt Rev Yonna Katonene is Bishop of West Ankole Diocese.

Frankline Katungwe is the Deputy Ambassador to Belgium.

Lillian Nakamatte is the chief adminstrative officer.

Emmanuel Karasi is the district speaker.

Amanya Mushega is former education minister and currently FDC vice president for western region.

Willis Bashasha is the current district chairperson. One of the youngest district chairpersons in the country.

Gaston Maliro is the Resident District Commissioner.

Deo Ndiimo is the Town Clerk Ishaka, Bushenyi Municipal Council

Doe Owobusingye is a prominent businessman in the district.

Mubarak Katainama is the district Kadhi.

Dr Abel Mucunguzi is an education consultant in Uganda and Rwanda.

Dr Edward Mwesigye is the District Health Officer.

Deus Kamugisha is a prominent Lawyer.

Edgar Rugogamu is the Academic Registrar, Uganda Technical College Bushenyi.

Hassan Basajjabalaba is the NRM district party chairperson and a city tycoon.

Apollo Kakonge is the Executive Director Western Ankole Civil Society forum

Nasser Basajjabala, is former Youth MP western region.

Paul Turyamureba Kahiigi is a member of FDC and an influential figure in the district.

Ephraim Ruhombe is a senior citizen and promoter of education

Raphael Magyezi is the Member of Parliament for Igara west.

Boniface Barinyenka is a large scale farmer and senior educationist who has pioneered many schools. Currently, he sits on the district public accounts committee and is a member of education committee for the district and Mbarara Arch Diocese.

Dr Silver Mugisha is the managing director National Water and Sewerage Corporation

Tarsis Kabwegyere is the Minister In charge of General Duties and is former Igara West MP