By APN Reporter
Legislators in Kabale district are divided on whether Parliament should approve a motion of alteration of boundaries for the proposed 15 cities, without first doing public consultations.
On 2nd of last month, the Minister of Local Government, Tom Butime presented a motion for creation of new cities including; Arua, Gulu, Jinja, Mbarara and Fort Portal. Others are; Mbale, Masaka, Hoima, Entebbe, Lira, Soroti, Wakiso, Moroto, Nakasongola and Kabale.
On 5th same month, a vote on creation of new cities was deferred after Parliament failed to raise the required quorum to take a decision. However, on 19th December 2019, the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga, told parliament that she had received over 6 petitions from locals and leaders from three districts of Kabale, Rubanda and Rukiga, protesting the proposed demarcations and boundaries for Kabale city.
According to Kadaga, the petitioners claimed that the process of determining bounderies for Kabale city was tainted with illegalities, sectarianism, lack of public participation and political interests among others.
However, speaking on Monday this week, during the 2019 Kabale district NRM conference held at Kigezi College Butobere in Kabale municipality, the Ndorwa West Member of Parliament David Bahati also the Minister of Finance for planning implored the locals and all stakeholders, to support the motion, to elevate Kabale municipality to a city saying that consultations can follow later.
The Prime Minister of Uganda Dr.David Livingstone Ruhakana Rugunda called on the locals and all stakeholders to put their differences, which he said would likely delay the operationalization of Kabale city. He added that local government will send a technical team to consult the locals and other stakeholders, so that agreed boundaries and demarcations lines are agreed upon.
However, the Kabale municipality Member of Parliament Hon Andrew Aja Baryayanga said that consultations must be done before the city is approved.
The Ndorwa East Member of Parliament Wilfred Niwagaba also said that they are not opposed to the issue of the city, but Kabale city should not be created on political patronage. He said that the creation of the city, comes with the rights and obligations of the city dwellers, in terms of physical infrastructure like building of houses among others which the locals should agree to, whether they should be urbanized or not.