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Dokolo, Aduku Town Councils Push for Municipal Status

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.

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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 boost development.

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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 people.

    

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