New Cities Start but Without Funds

Seven regional cities namely; Jinja, Arua, Fort Portal, Mbale, Mbarara, Gulu and Masaka started operations on Wednesday, July 1.

Urban Authorities Association of Uganda (UAAU) wants government to urgently provide funding to run the newly created cities.

Behind the excitement that came with the operationalisation of the cities was grumbling over inadequate funding which may hold back the transformation of the newly created administrative units. 

Speaking at the event to launch the new cities held at the Jinja City hall, Jinja Majid Batambuze who is also the UAAU chairperson noted that, regional cities are meant to balance development within the country which involves increased funding to boost service delivery. 

Batambuze argued that trade within the traditional municipalities was retarded due to inadequate infrastructure however, with the creation of new cities, more roads should be constructed to improve regional transportation of goods and services. 

Raphael Magyezi, the Local Government Minister says that plans are underway to lobby additional funding to supplement the already approved municipality budgets. 

Magyezi adds that they are also devising means of training city technocrats and politicians to create alternative sources of revenue collection other than over-reliance on the central government for support. 

The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga challenged interim leaders to workout strategic development plans aimed at eliminating the creation of slums within the new cities. 

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