Kumbungu District with its capital Kumbungu was carved from Tolon-Kumbugu and forms part of the new districts and municipalities created in the year 2012 and were inaugurated at their various locations simultaneously on the 28th June, 2012.The President H.E. J.E.A Mills, by an Executive Instrument (E.I) created 46 new Districts.
All the inaugurated and confirmed MMDAs established are operational with immediate effect hence bringing the total number of MMDAs to 216.These new creations arose as a result of the large size of some of the then 170 MMDAs which was not one way or the other allowing the government to fully implement its policies of local governance to the benefit of the entire citizenary.The district shares boundaries with Savelugu-Nanton Municipal to the East,Tolon District to the south, North Gonja District to the West, And to the north with Mamprugo/ Moaduri District respectively.
The President John Dramani Mahama in accordance with Article 243 of the 1992 Constitution and section 20 of the Local Government Act, Act 462, 1993, has nominated Mr. Alhaji Alhassan Musah for consideration as District Chief Executive for the Kumbungu District Assembly.
The Ghana Developing Communities Association (GDCA) has called on the government to reconsider the creation of new Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) and instead make the existing MMDAs more functional and effective.