Parliament has postponed a debate on the motion for the alteration of boundaries and creation of 15 new cities arguing that the stakeholders in some of the proposed cities were not consulted on the matter.
Hon. Jacob Oulanya who also doubles as the Deputy Speaker of Parliament said Parliament cannot make a decision on a matter where consultations have not been made and where controversies persist adding that the respective ministers have up to Thursday to reconcile the warring parties in the proposed cities.
The minister for Local Government Tom Butime has tabled a motion seeking for the alteration of boundaries and the creation of 15 new cities in the country and the proposed new cities are: Arua, Gulu, Jinja, Mbarara, Fort Portal, Mbale, Masaka, Hoima, Entebbe, Lira, Moroto, Nakasongola, Soroti, Kabale, and Wakiso.
The new cities expected to begin operation on July 1, 2020 include Arua, Gulu, Jinja, Mbarara, Fort Portal, Mbale and Masaka.
Those in the 3rd phase of 2022 are: Entebbe and Lira and those that are set to begin in 2023 are Moroto, Lira, Nakasongola, Soroti and Wakiso.
Butime noted that the creation of the new cities will bring services closer to the people, create employment to the citizens in addition to increasing the external funding to these areas.
However, some legislators criticized the quick process of approving the new cities arguing that some of them do not meet the required standards and are likely to cause more constitutional challenges especially on the issue of boundaries and political representation.
In response, Butime said that each of the 15 new cities will have two divisions, but the political representation will be determined by the Electoral Commission since the ministry for Local Government has no constitutional mandate to determine the representation