Councillors Shun Fort Portal Annexation Meeting

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On Monday, four out of the fifteen councillors turned up for the meeting that was chaired by Kabarole District Chairperson, Richard Rwabuhinga, 63 residents voted to move to the municipality, while seven rejected the idea.

Councillors of Karambi Sub County in Kabarole district shunned an extraordinary council sitting to resolve whether or not the sub-county should be annexed to Fort Portal Municipality.     

On Friday, Bukuuku, Busoro and Karago Town Council accepted to join Fort Portal Municipality.

However, Karambi Sub-county leaders argued that they can only allow annexation after consulting residents and the council passing the resolution.

On Monday, four out of the fifteen councillors turned up for the meeting that was chaired by Kabarole District Chairperson, Richard Rwabuhinga, 63 residents voted to move to the municipality, while seven rejected the idea.

Patrick Makune, the Karambi Sub County Speaker, said that the council was adjourned to Tuesday due to lack of quorum. He explained that they needed only nine of the 15 Councillors but only four turned up.

Makune added that if they don't attend the meeting, disciplinary action will be taken against the councillors.

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The Fort Portal Municipality Mayor, Rev Willy Kintu Muhanga, who had also turned up for the council sitting, noted that Karambi's resolution is very important because the area has tourism attractions like the Royal Tombs, which are relevant for the tourism city.

However, he notes that if the Sub County Councillors fail to resolve annexation, it won't fail the Tourism City Status drive.

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According to Uganda's Vision 2040, Fort Portal municipality was earmarked as a tourism city. 

Last year, government moved to turn 9 municipalities into regional cities. They include Fort Portal, Mbarara and Hoima from Western Uganda; Entebbe from the Central region; Lira, Arua and Gulu from the Northern region, and Mbale and Jinja from the Eastern Region.

A budget of 130 billion shilling has been set aside for the operations of the cities after meeting all the requirements.

In 2017, a technical committee was selected to determine, which sub-counties or parishes in Burahya will be annexed to Fort Portal municipality.

The committee was comprised of the Chief Administrative Officer, Members of Parliament from Kabarole, Town clerk, Mayor, LC V Chairperson and representative of religious leaders.

 

About the author

Christopher Tusiime
Christopher Tusiime is the URN Bureau Chief in Tooro. Districts of Kyenjojo, Kamwenge, Kabarole, Ntoroko, Bunyangabu and Kyegegwa, Kitagwenda and Fort Portal Tourism City fall under his docket.

Before joining URN, Tusiime first worked at The Observer newspaper for close to four years as an education reporter.