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Masaka Municipality Renews Demand for City Status

Masaka District Chairperson Jude Mbabaali says that all Local Council chairpersons in the greater Masaka region have resolved to stimulate debate for the elevation of Masaka municipality in commemoration of the day.
L-R, Greater Masaka District chaiperson_ George Mutabaazi (Lwengo) Fred Muhangi (Lyantonde) Jude Mbabaali (Masaka) Elly Muhumuza(Sembabule) and Godfrey Kayemba, Masaka Mayor after the planning meeting

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Local leaders in greater Masaka region have reignited demands for the elevation of Masaka Municipality to a city status.

The demand is renewed in the run-up to the National commemoration for the African Day of Decentralization and Local Development. The day, to be marked on August 10, was initiated by the African Union in 2012 to remind citizens in all African countries, of the importance of decentralization in the development of the continent. 

This year's events will be hosted jointly by the eight districts that form the greater Masaka region.

Masaka District Chairperson Jude Mbabaali, who also heads the organizing committee, says that all Local Council chairpersons in the region have resolved to stimulate debate for the elevation of Masaka municipality in commemoration of the day.

The initial proposal for the elevation of Masaka was submitted in 2011, to the ministry of Local Government for consideration. However, Masaka was missing on the list of municipalities shortlisted by government for possible elevation.  The list instead considered submissions from Jinja, Mbarara, Arua and Gulu municipalities.

Mbabaali insists that government has not justifications for omitting Masaka, a traditional municipality onto the list despite fulfilling much of the requirements for a city.

The requirements include a well-developed physical plan, well maintained roads and drainage channels, high level of sanitation and a population size of not less than 500,000 people.

Mbabaali adds that together with other leaders, they have formulated a joint petition to be presented to President Yoweri Museveni, the main celebrant for the day.

//Cue in; the African Decentralization day…..

Cue out…………becoming a city//

//Cue in; Lwetafuna omukisa………..

Cue out…………….agenda kwenyigiramu//

Lwengo district Chairperson George Mutabaazi, the head of the greater Masaka business consortium says that the region will benefit jointly from the elevation of Masaka.

Godfrey Kayemba Afaayo, the municipality mayor is optimistic that with this united front they may easily achieve the desired goal.