The petitioners contend that there is no law providing for the operationalisation of the said cities, which might affect municipal mayors, councilors, Division chairpersons and their respective councilors, town council / sub county chairpersons as well as their respective councilors.
Jinja Municipality Mayor Majid Batambuze also the Chairperson of Urban Authorities Association of Uganda.
their umbrella body, the Urban Authorities Association of Uganda have run to court
seeking to block the operationalisation of the newly created cities, some of
which are expected to become operational at the start of the new financial
Those expected to start on July 1, 2020 include Jinja, Arua, Gulu,
Fortportal, Mbale and Masaka cities. Hoima, Lira and
Soroti cities will commence in July 2021 while Nakasongola, Kabale and Wakiso
will commence in July 2023 and Entebbe July 2022. The cities were
created from Parliamentary resolution of April 28th, 2020.
However, the petitioners contend that there is no law providing for the operationalisation of the
said cities, which might affect municipal mayors, councilors, Division
chairpersons and their respective councilors, town council / sub county
chairpersons as well as their respective councilors.
They argues that the cities were given midterm commencement dates and were
created by annexing neighboring Sub-counties to Municipalities yet the mother
Districts had already made resolutions giving authority of the annexed sub
counties to the cities.
contend that the respective Municipalities, which formed the nucleus of the new
cities, already have respective elected Municipal mayors who should form the interim
city administration since the cities were curved out of municipalities where
they were duly elected.
They say that if
this doesn’t happen, the elected Municipal, Division and Sub County
Chairpersons and councilors will be discarded since they won’t have offices. Led
by their Chairperson, Majid Batambuze, the Mayor Jinja Municipality, the mayors
also argue that the leaders will lose office prior to the completion of their
terms, which will lead to dis-empowerment and disfranchisement of their
the mayors want the commencement of the new cities stayed until after the
next general elections so as to avoid a power vacuum such that all candidates
can complete their respective terms of office. Through their lawyers of Galisonga and Company Advocates and
Isabirye and Company Advocates, the mayors want court to postpone the
commencement of the cities until their main suit is disposed of.
In the main
application, the mayors want a declaration that the Urban Authorities
Association members have a right to complete their terms of office. They note that
they might lose their respective elected positions if an injunction is not
granted. Justice Musa Ssekaana
has fixed July 3rd, 2020 for the hearing of the application.