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Kadaga to Preside Over the Launch of New Cities on Wednesday

The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga will on Wednesday, July 1, preside over the launch of new cities in Jinja.

Parliament on April 28, 2020, passed a resolution creating new cities which include Arua, Fort Portal, Gulu, Jinja, Mbarara, Mbale, Masaka, Hoima, Soroti, Lira, Entebbe, Nakasongola, Kabale, Moroto, and Wakiso.

The seven cities namely, Arua, Fort Portal, Gulu, Jinja, Mbale, Mbarara, and Masaka will commence operations tomorrow July 1, 2020. In the financial year 2021/22, cities of Hoima, Soroti and Lira will take effect while Entebbe city will commence in financial year 2022/23.

Speaking to reporters at Uganda Media Center on Tuesday, the Minister of Local Government Raphael Magyezi announced that the national launch of new cities will take place on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Jinja and will be presided over by Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga.

“The national launch will take place in Jinja tomorrow at a function presided over by the Speaker of Parliament Rt Hon Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga. On Thursday, the launch will be done in Mbale, Fort Portal and Gulu and concluded with Masaka, Mbarara and Arua on Friday,” said Magyezi.

Magyezi also announced that until the general elections for Local Government leaders are held, the Municipal Mayors shall be the interim City Mayors.

“Until the general elections for Local Government leaders are held, the composition of the City Council shall be the interim City Mayor, members of the original district Council representing sub-counties, town councils, Municipal Divisions and other elected areas within the city area of jurisdiction and members of the former Municipal Council,” he said. 

Revenue Collection

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The City Council shall automate and computerize revenue registers indicating various sources of revenue and amount due for collection within the first 6 months of operation.

The City Divisions will be supported to automate and computerize revenue registers indicating various sources of revenue and amount due for collection.

Physical Planning, Development and Boundaries

Magyezi announced that in the first year of operation, the physical development plans for the annexed areas shall be integrated into the cities’ physical development plans.

He added that the Lands Ministry in conjunction with the Ministry of Local Government will undertake demarcations.

“The Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development in conjunction with the Ministry of Local Government shall undertake the demarcations of the boundaries of cities and Divisions within the city to ascertain the actual geographical coverage of the cities and Divisions,” said Magyezi.

The headquarters of the City Councils shall be the headquarters of former Municipal Councils.

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