The residents fear that being part of the city could affect their ownership to customary land, a developement which exposes them to land grabbers. Others fear that their buildings were not planned for the city, fearing that the elevation is pushing them into a status to which they do not belong and that they will most likely be subjected to taxes.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon made the appeal while speaking to a gathering of some 400 mayors, representatives of local authorities and urban partner organizations from all over the world. They are meeting in Quito for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development.
Mbarara Municipality Town Clerk Johnson Baryantuma Munono says the new plan seeks to address the challenge of slums and cater for the divisions of Nyakayojo, Kakiika and Biharwe that were annexed to the municipality during the expansion of boundaries in 2014.
They argue that there are major challenges in slum settlements, congestion, land ownership and residency rights in over 40 African cities. Such challenges prohibit development both for the city authorities and individual settlers, they add.