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Vote on Motion to Approve Cities Suspended Due to Lack of Quorum

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.
05 Dec 2019 19:33
Boundaries for proposed cities

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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 cities. 

The cities include Arua, Lira, Jinja, Masaka, Kabale, Nakasongola, Mbarara, Gulu and Fort Portal. Others are Moroto, Soroti, Mbale, Entebbe, Wakiso and Hoima. 

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 cities.

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.

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