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
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.…
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.
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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…
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.