For the motion to pass, Oulanyah noted that it will require majority support from 223 MPs out of the 443 legislators with voting rights. He made the decision after establishing that there were less than 223 MPs in the chambers.
The Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah has suspended the vote on the
motion to approve creation of 15 cities due to lack of quorum.
On Tuesday, the Minister for Local Government, Tom Butime presented the motion
seeking parliamentary approval to alter boundaries to the creation of new
The cities include Arua, Lira, Jinja, Masaka, Kabale, Nakasongola, Mbarara,
Gulu and Fort Portal. Others are Moroto, Soroti, Mbale, Entebbe, Wakiso and
Creating the new cities will alter boundaries of districts and municipalities,
which according to the 1995 Uganda Constitution and Local Governments Act, 1998
requires parliamentary approval by a majority of all MPs.
For the motion to pass, Oulanyah noted that it will require majority support
from 223 MPs out of the 443 legislators with voting rights.
He made the decision after establishing that there were less than
223 MPs in the chambers.
Earlier on, Oulanyah had suspended the plenary for 15 minutes to enable party
whips to mobilize MPs to come to Parliament and support or oppose the motion.
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When Oulanyah suspended the plenary less than 150 MPs had signed
in as present in the chamber.
Oulanyah put the motion to the vote after Butime presented boundaries
for 11 of the proposed cities which have been approved by local governments.
Butime noted that each city will comprise of two divisions and
also mentioned the outer boundaries for each of them.
In Arua City, composed of Arua Central and Ayivu divisions, Arua
Central division boundary is made of Arua Hill division and River Oli
while Ayivu division is composed of Pajulu, Adumi, Tadamu, Manibe,
Aroi and Ayivuni sub counties.
Butime also tabled resolutions of the 15 local governments
approving alterations of their districts to enable creation of the new
However, Busiro East MP, Medard Sseggona opposed the creation of
Entebbe City against the resolution of Wakiso district local government which
called for an upgrade of the district into a city comprising of Busiro and
Kyadondo Counties. However, Entebbe City will among others be composed of
Busiro South County, which Wakiso says should be part of Wakiso City.
He says that Butime presented a false resolution for Wakiso
because the district local government has not approved it.
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Sseggona urged Oulanyah to ensure that MPs only approve cities
that do not have any doubts from stakeholders.
Oulanyah ruled in favour of Sseggona's proposal and therefore put
to vote whether or not Parliament should approve alteration of district
boundaries to create 11 cities.
Butime thereafter told MPs that boundaries for 4
cities- Wakiso, Kabale, Nakasongola and Moroto will be fixed by April next year
due to incomplete consultations with the respective districts and municipalities.