Kabale MPs divided over City.
Legislators in Kabale district Kigezi sub-region western Uganda are divided on whether Parliament should
approve a motion of alteration of boundaries for the proposed 15 cities,
without first doing public consultations.
On 2 December 2019, new cities including; Arua, Gulu, Jinja,
Mbarara and Fort Portal. Others are; Mbale, Masaka, Hoima, Entebbe, Lira,
Soroti, Wakiso, Moroto, Nakasongola and Kabale.
On 5th same month, a vote on creation of new cities was deferred after
Parliament failed to raise the required quorum to take a decision. However,
on 19th December 2019, the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga, told
parliament that she had received over 6 petitions from locals and leaders
from three districts of Kabale, Rubanda and Rukiga, protesting the proposed
demarcations and boundaries for Kabale city.
According to Kadaga, the petitioners claimed that the process of
determining boundaries for Kabale city was tainted with illegalities,
sectarianism, lack of public participation and political interests among
However, speaking on Monday this week, during the 2019 Kabale district NRM
conference held at Kigezi College Butobere in Kabale municipality, the
Ndorwa West Member of Parliament David Bahati also the Minister of Finance
for planning implored the locals and all stakeholders, to support the
motion, to elevate Kabale municipality to a city saying that consultations
can follow later.
The Prime Minister of Uganda Dr David Livingstone Ruhakana Rugunda called
on the locals and all stakeholders to put their differences, which he said
would likely delay the operationalisation of Kabale city. He added that
local government will send a technical team to consult the locals and other
stakeholders, so that agreed boundaries and demarcations lines are agreed
However, the Kabale municipality Member of Parliament Hon Andrew Aja
Baryayanga said that consultations must be done before the city is approved.
The Ndorwa East Member of Parliament Wilfred Niwagaba also said that they
are not opposed to the issue of the city, but Kabale city should not be
created on political patronage. He said that the creation of the city,
comes with the rights and obligations of the city dwellers, in terms of
physical infrastructure like building of houses among others which the
locals should agree to, whether they should be urbanized or not.