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Lwengo, Kalungu Approve Masaka’s Bid For City Status

Masaka Municipality’s bid to attain city status has moved a step closer to reality after leaders of Lwengo and Kalungu districts endorsed a proposal to annex some of their areas to the municipality.

Initially, Lwengo and Kalungu districts had turned down requests by Masaka Municipality to annex their areas so as to meet the requirements for city status that include, among others, having a minimum population of at least 300,000 people and land area measuring to 100 square kilometers.

But after back and forth meetings that have lasted two weeks, councillors in Lwengo and Kalungu districts last week agreed to include some of their municipalities to Masaka to enable the latter achieve municipality status come next year.

For Lwengo District, Kingo Sub -County will be annexed to the proposed Masaka city while for Kalungu, it will be Kalungu Rural Sub-County.

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During a special council meeting at Kalungu District headquarters on Friday, Kalungu District Chairperson, Mr Richard Kyabaggu, moved the motion to annex the sub county and unanimously supported by all the 19 councilors.

The district speaker, Mr Abdul Bbaale said he was optimistic that the annexed areas will enable Masaka Municipality to achieve the minimum population of 300,000 required by government to grant Masaka a city status.

The district speaker, Mr Abdul Bbaale said he was optimistic that the annexed areas will enable Masaka Municipality to achieve the minimum population of 300,000 required by government to grant Masaka a city status.

“What we have done today [Friday] is a clear a manifestation that we back the proposal for city status.  There was no way we could frustrate Masaka Municipality from benefiting from the numerous development opportunities that come along with the city as   some selfish politicians have been saying,” Mr Bbaale said.

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Lwengo District chairperson, Mr George Mutabaazi commended leaders in Kalungu for supporting Masaka’s bid for city status, saying it would spur development in the sub region.

“We set the pace as Lwengo District and I am happy that our counterparts in Kalungu have done the same,” he said.

Masaka Municipality Mayor, Mr Godfrey Kayemba, said that the decision taken by both Lwengo and Kalungu leaders has simplified their quest for city status.

“We really commend our neighbors in Lwengo and Kalungu for supporting our bid .With this new development, I believe we no longer need to pursue the other idea of turning the whole district into a city. By the way, we are going to write to the Minister of Local Government to halt the process,” the mayor said on Monday.

Masaka is among the seven municipalities that will be elevated to cities effective July 1 next year. Others are Arua, Mbale Gulu, Jinja, Fort Portal, and Mbarara.

 

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