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Regional Cities To Have Two Divisions

Gulu District LC V Chairperson, Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, says the Local Government Ministry has asked districts to consider merging the divisions on account of the skyrocketing public expenditures.
Government plans to merge some of the divisions in municipalities earmarked for elevation to regional city status in the run up to the 2021 General elections. They include Mbarara, Gulu and Arua municipalities.

Most of the municipalities have three to four divisions. According to guidelines from the Local Government Ministry, the divisions will be merged into two. In Gulu, Pece and Laroo Division will be merged into Gulu East Division while Bar Dege and Layibi will become Gulu West Division.

Gulu District LC V Chairperson, Martin Ojara Mapenduzi, says the Local Government Ministry has asked districts to consider merging the divisions on account of the skyrocketing public expenditure. 

According to Mapenduzi, the Local Government Ministry, says the Finance Ministry is experiencing a budget shortfall to fund many divisions in the new cities. On Friday last week, the Gulu Town Clerk, Francis Barabanawe, submitted the final proposal of Gulu Municipality naming the two Divisions. 

Mbarara municipality had proposed the creation of six city Divisions while Gulu had proposed the creation of three city divisions. A city Division operates at Municipal level with all administrative positions. Parliament is expected to gazette the regional cities this year. 

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