Leaders from Dokolo Town Council in Dokolo District and Aduku Town
Council in Kwania district want the areas elevated to Municipal status.
They argue that the elevation will address low revenue collection
and poor garbage management among others, which is affecting service delivery.
David Odyambo, the Town Clerk Dokolo Town Council says that they
are pushing for the elevation of Dokolo into a municipality to bridge the service
delivery gap in the area and also attract more jobs.
Last year, the town council councillors passed a resolution for
the elevation of the town council to a municipality.
Odyambo said all the necessary steps have been taken to ensure
that Dokolo becomes a municipality, pending approval by the Ministry of Local
Government as well as the parliament.
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Rose Erem, a resident of Dokolo Town Council believes that the
upgrade will not only improve service delivery but also create employment
opportunities for the people of Dokolo.
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Allan Obua, a resident, says the town council is not yet ready for
municipal status. He says that there is a need to first improve the infrastructure
and also attract investors to the town.
"Dokolo town council is still not ready especially when it
comes to infrastructure and the kind of business is still lacking a lot but if
it is approved perhaps it will attract more people to come and develop the
municipality but I'm not sure."
Kenny James Obaya, the Town clerk of Aduku Town Council said they have equally
done all that is needed to ensure that Aduku is upgraded to a municipal status
to improve service delivery.
Peter Otim, the Aduku Town Council Vice Chairman challenged the
political leaders and technocrats to collectively mobilize for local revenue to
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According to the Local Government Act, the conditions for the creation of a
municipality include having the capacity to meet the cost of service delivery
and office accommodation, the existence of a physical development plan for land
use, reliable water sources and a reasonable financial base.
Others are the availability of social services, the existence of
land for effective planning and expansion and a minimum of 100,000 inhabitants.
According to records, Dokolo town council has a population of over
20, 500 people while Aduku was created in 2010 and has a population of over 9,000