This will be in addition to the initial budget of 130 billion Shillings that was set aside for the operations of the 15 cities that were approved by Cabinet in May 2019, to be operationalized in a phased manner, over the next five years.
The government will spend an additional
11. 3 billion Shillings to operationalize Mbale and Masaka as regional cities
during the financial year 2020-2021.
This will be in addition to the initial budget of 130 billion Shillings that was set aside for the operations
of the 15 cities that were approved by Cabinet in May 2019, to be operationalized
in a phased manner, over the next five years.
However, the decision is awaiting
parliamentary approval. According to State Minister for Local Government Jennifer
Namuyangu, that the two cities were prioritized ahead of six others after the
respective local governments confirmed readiness to operationalize them, and
because of their strategic importance as the oldest towns in Uganda.
She adds that the motion for the approval
of the new cities will be presented before parliament within two weeks. The other
cities that will become operational next financial year include Arua, Mbarara,
Gulu, Fort Portal and Jinja.
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According to Namuyangu, Hoima,
the oil city will become operational during the financial year, 2021/2022 while
the third batch will see Lira in northern Uganda and Entebbe get city status in
2021/2023. Others are Nakasongola (strategic industrial city) Moroto (strategic
mining city) Kabale and Wakiso Metropolitan which will be operationalized in
Each of the new cities will have
two Divisions, each with mayoral and parliamentary representatives.
Masaka Municipality Woman MP,
Mary Babirye Kabanda has welcomed the cabinet resolution.
“We are looking forward to seeing
the capital development and job opportunities for our people,” she said in a
telephone interview with URN. She added, “We hope to see infrastructure as a
result of investment from the government.”