Mubende Leaders Disagree over Creation of New Town Councils

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According to information obtained from the office of Clerk to Council, the proposed town councils include Kyenda, Lusalira, Kalonga, Kiyuni, Ngabano, Kaboona and Kumimu. So far, Kyenda and Kalonga have been approved by the council.

Leaders in Mubende District have disagreed on the proposal of creating new seven town councils.

 

According to information obtained from the office of Clerk to Council, the proposed town councils include Kyenda, Lusalira, Kalonga, Kiyuni, Ngabano, Kaboona and Kumimu. So far, Kyenda and Kalonga have been approved by the council. 

Although a section of district leaders, including the LC V Chairperson, Francis Kibuuka Amooti, are supporting the move, another group led by the councillor representing People with Disabilities-PWDs have opposed the proposal. 

Kibuuka believes that the proposal is good because it is intended to ensure development, creation of more jobs in addition to taking services nearer to people.

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Kibuuka notes that delay of elevating towns has led to development of slums which in many areas are become difficult for authorities to plan.

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Achilles Ssenyonjo Kisaakye, West Division representative, says that most of the towns along major highways in Uganda have already been elevated thus seeing no harm if all towns emerging along the Mubende-Fort Portal road are also elevated.    


However, Rashid Ssemwogere, councillor representing People with Disabilities and against the proposal argues that they are blindfolded by political ambitions.

Ssemwogere notes that currently the central government is struggling to operate over 400 newly created towns and the ministry has been decrying lack of funds which means creation of new units will be senseless.  


Ssemwogere adds that the general population is not yet ready for new town councils. He cites example of the recently created Kasambya Town Council where residents have refused to abide to the standards and requirements of a town council.   

He also points out the creation of new town councils will affect the locally raised revenue in the district which in turn could lead to poor service delivery.  
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However, Kibuuka argues that with or without town councils the revenue raised will remain low but when they create town councils more funds for the newly created units will be flowing to the district from the central government.     
Michael Kafeero, a resident, warns the public not be over-ambitious in demanding for new administrative units.

"Many administrative units such as districts have been created but nothing in those areas have changed for better,'' he noted citing the newly created district of Kassanda where some of the leaders are wishing to have remained part of Mubende.     


Several political and policy analysts have over time criticized government for 'fragmenting' the country into smaller administrative units by creating up new districts, municipalities and town council which they say comes with a number of challenges.

Although President Yoweri Museveni has on several occasions himself complained about the same and promised to halt the move, more administrative units remain lined up for creation with pressure from local leaders.
         

 

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