Government has finalized plans of elevating nine municipalities across the country to a city status in a bid to promote regional development.
The State Minister for Local government Jenipher Namuyangu told legislators sitting on the Parliamentary Committee on Local government and Public Service that what is now left, is for government to provide resources for the new nine Cities to begin operation.
It was before the Parliamentary Committee on Local government and Public Service chaired by MP Godfrey Onzima, that the officials from the Ministry of local government led by the State Minister Jenipher Namuyangu revealed how nine municipalities had been considered to be elevated to city status.
According to the Minister the nine municipalities include; Fort Portal, Mbarara and Hoima from Western Uganda. Lira, Arua and Gulu from the Northern region, Mbale and Jinja from the Eastern Region and Entebbe from the Central region.
A budget of 130 billion shilling has been set aside to have them launched after they meet all the requirements.
But some legislators from Western Uganda led by Igara West legislator Raphael Magyezi were not amused with government’s snubbing of Kabale Municipality’s quest for city status.
Meanwhile Namuyangu and her support staff faced the wrath of legislators who demanded an explanation of the alleged discrimination in releasing the startup fund for the 203 new town councils and 198 sub-counties across the Country.