Kabarole District Council has passed an amended motion to rename Fort Portal City to Kabarole City.
In 2015, the council passed a resolution to annex Burahya to Fort Portal Municipality with the aim of coming up with the requirements for the city status, after consultations with the community and opinion leaders.
The district chairperson Richard Rwabuhinga moved a motion to amend the earlier resolution; to name the city Kabarole so that Fort Portal remains a Division within Kabarole city.
Fort Portal (Municipality) is named after a 19th Century British diplomat Sir Gerald Herbert Portal who was assigned to Uganda to report to the British Government on the desirability of setting up a British Protectorate to replace the Imperial British East Africa Company. He had his base in the western town.
However, with the talk on elevation of the municipality to city status, calls started emerging for the City to be given its original (traditional) name. This campaign was spearheaded by the King of Tooro Oyo Nyimba.
During the council sitting last week on this matter, the district chairperson said he had made several consultations with opinion leaders who okayed the idea of the new city being named Kabarole. Some Councillors had raised concerns that Fort Portal could lose its identity when renamed.
One of the councillors Joseph Mashuhuko advised that the motion be taken back to the local councils for further deliberations.
But this was rejected on grounds that district councillors represent the views of the people in their sub counties.
The deputy Speaker Hussein Kato who chaired council session put the motion to vote and majority supported the amendment to have Kabarole City and Fort Portal to remain as a division within Kabarole.