in Moroto District have been annexed to the Municipal Council in preparation
for its elevation city status come 2023.
The new parishes have been curved from Nadunget, Loputuk, and Rupa Sub Counties. They
include among others Naitakwae, Nakadeli, Lobunoit, Lia, Nawanatau and
Nacogorom parishes among others.
is aimed at increasing the population size of Moroto Municipality which is
currently 118,500. It’s expected that with the new parishes added to Municipal
Council, that is earmarked for City Status, in 2023.
Deputy Mayor, Rosemary Nachap says that Council has already approved the new
parishes but they are still awaiting approval by the Ministry of Local Government.
Marble City, Moroto has very large marble deposits in Kosiroi, Tapac, and Rupa
making the town and a significant city to be.
The urge for
city status is exciting the community who are excited about the plan for a
Muhammed Akida, an Elder and NRM Chairperson of Moroto Municipality say that elevating
the town will spur development. He is optimistic that if the town grows to a
city more factories mineral wealth will benefit the population directly.
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Cue out: ... give us a city.”//
an elder from Katanga in Moroto town says that the elevation to city status
will solve unemployment challenges. He adds that it will also bring more
opportunities to spiral growth since there is a tarmac road from Moroto town.
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is also a destination for hundreds of tourists who visit Kidepo, Mt. Moroto for
skating, and home to Karamoja’s rich culture. The town is also a metropolitan area with
commonly spoken languages being, native Ngakarimojong. Common languages also
Ateso, Luganda, various communities speaking and Acholi Kiswahili languages.