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Excitement as Arua Assumes City Status

Arua is one of the seven municipalities which were recently elevated by Parliament to attain city status effective today, July 1, 2020, as one of the initiatives to accelerate urbanisation through attracting direct investment and international support for infrastructure
Leaders welcoming Arua City with Cake cutting at Muni University at Midnight on Tuesday.

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Muni University ICT Hall was filled with applause and jubilation at midnight as Arua municipal and district leaders welcomed the new Arua City. A select delegation gathered to welcome the new city as it clocked midnight on Tuesday.

Arua is one of the seven municipalities which were recently elevated by Parliament to attain city status effective today, July 1, 2020, as one of the initiatives to accelerate urbanisation through attracting direct investment and international support for infrastructure. The other cities are Gulu, Jinja, Mbarara, Fort Portal, Masaka and Mbale.

The team in Arua which was anxiously waiting for the new status was virtually joined by the State Minister for Housing and Urban Development Isaac Musumba, who urged the people of Arua and West Nile to guard the city jealously. 

//Cue in; Three two people.…

Cue out; transition to the city."//

Musumba urged the people of Arua and West Nile to be ready to sacrifice land for infrastructural development as one of the benefits of the city. The new Arua city comprises Ayivu division and Arua Municipality, now Central division.

//Cue in; Allow me to take…

Cue out... prepared to sacrifice."//  

But in his featured keynote address, the Retired Bishop of Madi West Nile Dr Joel Obetia called on the leaders of the city to be exemplary and do the right thing at the right time to develop the city. 

//Cue in; Arua can become…

Cue out; do things for this city."//

The new Arua city has already elected division mayors to lead the interim government while the decision on who leads the city as interim City Mayor still awaits a guideline from the Ministry of Local Government.

After the operationalisation of the initial seven cities, the sec­ond clus­ter that in­cludes Hoima, Lira and Soroti will take ef­fect on July 1, 2021, while the third clus­ter that in­cludes En­tebbe City will take ef­fect on July 1, 2022. The last group which in­cludes Wak­iso, Mo­roto, Naka­songola and Ka­bale cities are ex­pected to take ef­fect on July 1, 2023.