General excitement hovers over residents of the newly created Apac municipality as it becomes operational today July 1.
The municipality, with a population of about 33,000 people, was elevated from a town council through a resolution of Parliament passed last year. It has four divisions of Atik, Arocha, Akere and Agulu.
Former Local Government Minister Adolf Mwesige, who tabled the motion for the elevation of the municipality, said that move was to ensure orderly development; having taken into account the multiplier effect on the economy of the area, the economic viability, the destiny and wishes of the people concerned.
Our reporter walked through the streets of Apac where residents are optimistic that the elevation will improve general infrastructure, service delivery, income and general living conditions.
Geoffrey Ogwang, a market vendor, is hoping that government will construct a modern market in the municipality as a way of boosting household incomes. Ogwang told URN that living in a municipality also accords residents prestige.
Sarah Apio, a resident operating a makeshift hotel in the area is equally excited about her town finally turning into a municipality and is hopeful that the town's population will grow to support her business.
Isaac Opige, a cyclist in the area says the elevation gives them hope of increasing their daily income. Opige who earns at least 6000 Shillings a day is hoping to upgrade to motorcycle whish he says would increase his daily income by far.
Jimmy Okello, the LC III Chairman of Apac town council becomes the first Mayor of the Municipality in acting capacity.
He told URN that the technical staff and offices required to operationalize the municipality are now functioning adding that the initial recruitment is targeting key offices like the Town clerk, Assistant Town Clerks and enforcement officers among others.
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Meanwhile politicians across the political divide are also warming up for the available slots.
Apac District Chairman Bob Okae is optimistic that the town will strive to greater heights of development, trade and commerce.
Six other municipalities which include Ibanda (Ibanda district), Njeru (Buikwe district), Nebbi (Nebbi district), Bugiri (Bugiri district), Sheema (Sheema district) and Kotido (Kotido district) are becoming effective today.