Mbale residents takes it to streets over delayed city status

Mbale resident have started demonstrating over delayed Mbale city .

Mbale was among the 2 municipalities approved as eastern regional cities but it was not included in the first lot, which residents say was unfair. Jinja is the only municipal council from eastern region in the first lot.

Cabinet approved the creation of nine cities but these will be elevated in a phases. Mbarara, Jinja, Arua, Gulu and Fort Portal will become operational on 1st July 2020 while Mbale and Hoima will be elevated from Municipalities to Cities on July 1st 2021.

Minister of Local Government, Tom Butime, said that this was resolved in the Cabinet meeting that was chaired by President Museveni in Entebbe on Monday. He further said that a budget of Shs130 billion will be set aside for the operationalisation of the cities after meeting all the requirements.

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