Sarah Bukariwa, the Lango and Acholi Regional Electoral Officer, says that they are neither responsible for the creation of the administrative units nor their operationalization. “The Electoral Commission is not responsible in any way for the operationalization of the new administrative units, our work is to conduct elections in the gazetted areas and that is all. The Ministry of Local Government is responsible and I think they will handle that,” she said in an interview.
During the inauguration of Soroti City on Monday, Bob Owiny, the Deputy Council Speaker for Soroti District chaired a special council meeting to extend gratitude to Kadaga and the government for considering the operationalization of Soroti City. Owiny also used the opportunity to lobby for support to Kadaga’s candidature in recognition of her effort in steering deliberations in Parliament.
Muhakanizi, also Secretary to the Treasury notes in his April 15th, 2020 letter that despite his reminder requesting Local Government Accounting Officers to submit their budget estimates by March 23rd, 2020, the districts have not responded.
The Shillings 18 billion project comes just months to the completion of Soroti Central Market under the Market and Agricultural Trade Improvement Program Project-2 MATIP-2. The new project is co- funded by the African Development, 82% and Government of Uganda, 18%.
The Ministry of Local Government required Masaka municipality to meet key structural prerequisites that include, among others, having a minimum population of at least 300,000 people and land area measuring to 100 square kilometres before elevating it to a city. These pre-conditions warranted Masaka Municipality to extend its boundaries into the neighbouring sub-counties of Kkingo in Lwengo and Kalungu district.
Through their lawyer, Opwonya of Opwonya & Company Advocates, the traders argue that the municipal authorities agreed to provide an alternative site, and yet the initial plan of transferring them to the temporary site did not cater for their interests.