THE newly established district of Kyerwa, in Kagera Region, has finalised all necessary procedures and will officially start its functions today by electing a chairman, vice-chairman and various committees.

Karagwe District Executive Director (DED), Mr Bosco Ndunguru, told the 'Daily News' in a telephone interview that Kagera Regional Commissioner (RC), Mr Fabian Massawe, presented a Certificate of Establishment to Kyerwa District Commissioner (DC), Mr Benedict Kitenga.

Karagwe District Council has been directed to settle over 3bn/- in outstanding claims by public servants, including salary arrears and other allowances. The decision was reached at a full council meeting held in Kayanga town in the district. The councillors unanimously agreed that the outstanding claims should be settled by Karagwe District Council and should not be transferred to the newly established Kyerwa District Council.

The meeting also discussed at length the division procedure of movable and unmovable assets between the two councils. Karagwe District comprises 40 wards while Kyerwa District has 18 wards. During the redistribution, Kyerwa council got nine motor vehicles and 17 motorcycles, while Karagwe council retained 20 vehicles and 33 motorcycles.

According to Mr Ndunguru, the distribution procedure was according to a directive issued by the Ministry for Local Governments and Regional Administration. President Jakaya Kikwete officially launched the new district of Misenyi over the weekend during his tour of Kagera Region.

The district has a population of 321,026 people with 94 villages and 18 wards. Meanwhile, District Councils in Kagera region should set aside enough funds for the construction of libraries in rural areas to enable people access reading materials.
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