Parliament in April this year, approved the creation of 15 cities that will be operationalized in a phased manner starting with Jinja, Mbarara, Gulu, Mbale, Arua, Fort Portal, and Masaka that will start effective July 1, 2020.
Disagreements have emerged among Arua district and the municipality leaders over who should take over interim administration of Arua city.
Arua City is among the seven cities that will start effective July
1, 2020. The others are Fort Portal, Mbarara, Gulu, Masaka, Jinja and Mbale.
Ayivu County with seven Sub Counties will join Arua Municipality
to form the regional Arua City with two divisions of Ayivu and Central. However,
the District LCV Chairperson and Mayor are already engaged in bitter exchanges
over who will take over the interim leadership of the city for the next 11
In an impromptu meeting with the Municipal councillors on Tuesday,
the Mayor Arua Municipality Isa Kato said it’s unfortunate that the six
regional district chairpersons including that of Arua have petitioned the Minister for
Local government to hand them the interim administration of the city.
According to Kato no district leader will
grab the interim city leadership from them since they are the ones who advocated for it.
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our right…. //
Some Arua Municipal councillors have protested the move by the
district council to claim authority over the City Interim administration.
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the interim period…. //
Boniface Alioni the Vice LCV Arua says that
there are clear guidelines on administration of regional cities, which do not
in any way favour Municipal leaders for an interim administration.
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with laws…. //
According to Joyce Lekuru the Deputy Speaker Arua district local
government, the Municipal leadership is wasting time fighting for the interim
administration because they are a lower local government and cannot lead a
higher local council.
“We are waiting for the guidelines from the Minister of local
government and our friends in the Municipality will get shocked to see that
they are only responsible in the Central Division, not the City,” said Lekuru.
Seven district chairpersons of Arua, Gulu, Mbale, Jinja, Masaka,
Mbarara and Kabarole petitioned the Minister for Local government objecting to the proposal by
Mayors taking over transitional leadership of the new cities.