Gulu Municipality, Japanese City Sign Cooperation Deal

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In short
A metropolitan city in Japan is set to mentor Gulu Municipality on city administration, infrastructure development and other social services delivery over the next three years. Under what is technically known as city twinning, Izumisano City will also cooperate with Gulu Municipality on three core areas of culture; administration; and education and sports.

A metropolitan city in Japan is set to mentor Gulu Municipality on city administration, infrastructure development and other social services delivery over the next three years.
 
Under what is technically known as city twinning, Izumisano City will also cooperate with Gulu Municipality on three core areas of culture; administration; and education and sports.
 
George Labeja, the Mayor of Gulu Municipality says there are many ways through which the cooperation signed on Tuesday from the Mayor's Garden in Gulu will benefit Uganda as well.

Labeja says the cooperation will inspire the development of remote parts of Gulu Municipality into upscale cosmopolitan business centres. He says a commitment by Izumisano city to host the Uganda Olympic team while in Japan for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo is the first fruit of this cooperation in sports.
 
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Francis Barabanawe, the Town Clerk of Gulu Municipality says the partnership aims at preserving and protecting the cultural values of the two metropolitan cities.
 
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Barabanawe hopes Gulu will derive values from the Japanese stringent management approach to efficient, timely and quality works. He says the post-World war experience of Japan is critical for transforming post-conflict Acholi.
 
According to the town clerk, the two cities signed a memorandum of understanding on this cooperation for purposes of mobilising development resources to finance the partnership.
 
Yoshihiko Matushita, the Vice Mayor of Izumisano City expressed optimism over the cooperation saying it should promote agricultural development in organic cotton among others.
 
Kazuaki Kameda, the Japanese Ambassador to Uganda said twinning the two cities will promote stronger bilateral relationship between Uganda and Japan.
 
Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda pledged firm government support to twinning of cities saying it is a good practice to learn from experiences of others.
 
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According to Dr. Rugunda, other municipalities should learn and emulate the example of Gulu and twin with other foreign cities for enhanced service delivery and development.

 

About the author

Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.