The Member of Parliament for Buliisa county, Stephen Birahaawa Mukitale has proposed for the creation of new cities Parliament to support the implementation of regional governments.
On September 5th 2016 Mukitale Biraahwa moved the motion on the floor of Parliament seeking for a resolution to implement local government in accordance with Article 178 (1) of the Constitution which says two or more districts can cooperate for development and common cultural activities.
“Two or more districts shall be free to cooperate in the areas of culture and development as set out in the Fifth Schedule to this Constitution and may, for that purpose, form and support councils, trust funds or secretariats,” close (1) of the article.
The motion was referred to the committee of Public Service and Local Government for scrutiny.
Mukitale appeared before the committee chaired by Godfrey Onzima on Tuesday to explain his quest for regional governments mainly based on his demands on equitable distribution and utilization of resources.
The legislator now wants Uganda to emulate partner states in the EAC region and elevate towns like Mbale, Arua, Jinja , Mbarara, Gulu, Lira to city status.
“Countries in the region have regional cities and it is high time Uganda made the same step to minimize on regional imbalances since the budget will be sent in equal share,” said Mukitale.
Some members of the committee vigorously rejected the clause for the creation of regional cities saying the resources envelope is inadequate to finance new cities.
Mainly women MPs including Suzan Amero OF Amuriat district, Sylvia Akello of Otuke and Betty Engola of Apac disagreed with Mukitale.
“The regional government is a good idea but the creation of new cities is going to put more pressure on the limited resource. The cities will definitely need to have workers and modern facilities requiring funds,” said Susan Amero.