When Lira municipality was elevated to city status in 2020, it became autonomous and was no longer under the Lira district. This also meant that the leadership of Lira had to shift the district headquarters to another place outside the city.
The Minister of Local Government Raphael Magyezi has asked Lira City not to evict Lira District authorities
from the district headquarters.
When Lira municipality was elevated to city status in 2020, it became
autonomous and was no longer under Lira district. This also meant that the
leadership of Lira District had to shift the headquarters to another place
outside the city.
The minister’s appeal follows reports that the City authorities
are forcing the district leaders to vacate the headquarters, a move that the
district has rejected.
Magyezi urged the city authorities to temporarily share the headquarters with the District
as the government prepares to construct new headquarters in the next two
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He also warned them against selling or leasing public assets and
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Earlier on Sam Atul, the Lira City Mayor told Magyezi that they lack
adequate funds which has affected service delivery in the city.
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However, Magyezi attributed it to the slow process of transition.
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According to the other guidelines, all tangible and intangible
assets of districts, former municipal councils, division councils, annexed town
councils, and sub-counties falling within the territorial boundaries of the
city are supposed to be the property of the city.
These include assets like vacant land, markets, administrative buildings,
stadium, bus parks, recreation centres, community halls, forest reserves and
On the other hand, the Minister said the cities shall take over all liabilities
incurred by the district, municipal, and division councils.