New cities may become white elephants – experts
Experts have asked authorities to involve and support all stakeholders in planning regardless of their financial status if the 7 new cities are to realize their cause.
Few days after the launch of Mbarara city, Mbarara woman MP aspirant Rita Atukwasa Bwahika has challenged authorities to competently play their roles as well as the public participating in productive activities like making and selling crafts especially the youth and women.
Rita, a policy analyst, gender specialist and trainer for gender, equity budgeting stresses that there are many opportunities that can benefit the public if they are embraced.
Meanwhile, Mbarara south MP aspirant Nick Kashaija Rutahaba who is a lawyer and economist has expressed concern that the cities may become white elephants if leaders don’t plan properly.
‘The cities are already here and the best way to benefit from them is proper planning. It’s an effort of everybody but it all goes with leadership by having proper and efficient planning system,’ Nick explained.
Mbarara,Jinja, Fort Portal, Masaka, Mbale, Arua and Gulu became cities on July 1,2020 and Hoima, Lira, Soroti will also become cities effective July 1, 2021.
Other clusters – municipalities set to be cities:
1 July 2022 – Entebbe.
1 July 2023 – Moroto,Nakasongola, Kabale and Wakiso.
Aaron Ainomugisha, editorial https://twitter.com/AaronAinomugis3