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Government Blocks Relocation of Jinja District Offices

The resolution to relocate the district headquarters was passed in December 2007 by the Jinja district council in anticipation of the elevation of Jinja municipality to a city status. But close to eight years down the road, the district authorities have not submitted a formal application for the advancement.

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Government has blocked the proposed relocation of Jinja District Local Government offices saying the reasons for the relocation are farfetched.

“The move to relocate Jinja district offices from Jinja town to a proposed site in Kagoma was based on a non-existent application for a city status,” Local Government Minister Adolf Mwesige said in response to a request by Richard Mayengo, the Jinja district Speaker for guidance on the planned relocation.

The resolution to relocate the district headquarters was passed in December 2007 by the Jinja district council in anticipation of the elevation of Jinja municipality to a city status. But close to eight years down the road, the district authorities have not submitted a formal application for the advancement.  

Subsequently, the Jinja district executive committee approved the allocation of 1.5 hectares of the prime plot on which Jinja district office sits today to Bank of Uganda for the construction of a currency center. Bank of Uganda bought the land at Shs 2.5 billion drawing controversy from area politicians who argued that the move had never been ratified by the council.

But Local Government Minister Adolf Mwesige says the planned relocation is invalid.

Similarly, Meddie Mbentyo - a Councilor representing Jinja central division at Jinja district says the ‘speculative\' relocation of the district offices is premature. He explains that the land on which the new district offices are to be located is also not known and that the boundaries of the city have not been demarcated.

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Christine Abuze, a Councilor for Jinja East constituency says the sale of Jinja district land was prompted by selfish interests exhibited by the district executive team led by Fred Gume Ngobi, the District Chairman.

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But Fred Gume Ngobi, the district Chairman says the 2007 resolution has not been revoked. He says Jinja district local government can implement legal resolutions passed by council without consulting an authority.

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