The front view of Nakasongola district council hall.The committee faces uphill task to decide on where both the district and city offices will be over ongoing land wrangle between Buganda and Buruuli chiefdom
A thirteen-member committee has been formed to track the operationalization
of Nakasongola city status.
In 2020, the Parliament passed a motion elevating
Nakasongola town council to city status effective 1st July 2023. The
Nakasongola city status will cover of Nakasongola West and East Divisions.
As result, the district has formed a 13-member committee led
by Public Service Minister Muruuli Mukasa to track operationalization and mobilize
communities to embrace the city status.
The Committee will comprise of all the area Members of
Parliament, District Chairperson, Speaker, Prime Minister of Buruli Kingdom,
religious leader, and representatives of Special Interest Groups among others.
Samuel Kigula the LC 5 Chairman of Nakasongola says that the
committee will also make further consultations on the boundaries for proposed Nakasongola
West and East Divisions.
Kigula says that the committee will begin operations
immediately after approval by the district council in December this year.
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Samuel M.G Kasirye the Buruuli Chiefdom Prime Minister says
that the committee will start consultations early because they want to avert
conflicts like those arising from boundary and land disputes.
Kasirye adds that they also want to discuss where the
headquarters of the city will be established and how to resolve an impasse on
ownership of land which is currently being held by Buganda Kingdom.
Kasirye says that they also want to mobilize the local
residents to prepare to apply for available jobs so that these are not grabbed
by people from other districts.
Unlike other proposed cities, Nakasongola city is remote and
its planning requires a different model where basic amenities must be put in
place in order to attract dwellers.
According to the 2014 national population census and household
survey, the current Nakasongola town had 10,289 residents.
In his circular dated 15th September 2021
addressed to accounting officers on the preparation of budget frameworks for 2022/23,
Ramathan Ggoobi the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Finance, Planning and
Economic Development said that five cities which include Nakasongola, Kabale,
Entebbe, Moroto and Wakiso city will be operationalized but funded through the same
modality as a current batch.
Ggoobi added that districts whose sub-counties have been
annexed to cities will have their Indicative Planning Figures adjusted
downwards by equivalent allocations to those sub-counties that will be cut off.
The District Chief Accounting Officers were directed to plan
in line with the altered boundaries and adjust budgets accordingly.