The Mayor of Jinja municipality Majid Batambuze has tasked
government to ensure immediate funding of the newly created cities.
Seven regional cities namely; Jinja, Arua, Fort Portal, Mbale, Mbarara, Gulu
and Masaka started operations on Wednesday. However, the interim leaders have
stressed inadequate funding as a major tool for the transformation of the newly
created administrative units.
Speaking at the event to launch the new cities held at the Jinja City hall on
Wednesday, Majid Batambuze who is also the chairperson of the urban authorities
association of Uganda-UAAU noted that, regional cities are meant to balance
development within the country which involves increased funding to boost
Batambuze argues that trade within the traditional municipalities was retarded
due to inadequate infrastructure however, with the creation of new cities, more
roads should be constructed to improve regional transportation of goods and
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Raphael Magyezi, the Local Government Minister says that plans are underway to
lobby additional funding to supplement the already approved municipality
Magyezi adds that they are also devising means of training city technocrats and
politicians to create alternative sources of revenue collection other than over-reliance
on the central government for support.
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The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga challenged interim leaders to workout
strategic development plans aimed at eliminating the creation of slums within
the new cities.