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Mbarara, Arua, Jinja granted city status after Cabinet approval

The magnificent aerial view of Arua town. (PHOTO/WestNileWeb)

KAMPALA – Cabinet has approved the creation of nine cities, five of which will become operational on July 1, 2020.

These cities include Arua, Gulu, Jinja, Fort Portal, and Mbarara. These will be elevated from municipal to city status by July 1, 2020.  The other two cities that will become cities in July 2021 are  Hoima and Mbale.

The move is part of a government plan to turn nine municipalities into regional cities.

The famous Rusiina cow; a remarkable representation of Mbarara’s rich fortune. The Municipality was granted city status by government. (PHOTO/AGENCIES)

Fort Portal, Mbarara and Hoima will be regional cities in western Uganda;  Entebbe city in the central region; Lira, Arua and Gulu in northern region while Mbale and Jinja cities will serve the eastern region.

According to the Minister of Local Government, Mr Tom Butime, the Cabinet meeting that was chaired by President Museveni in Entebbe on Monday, resolved that the municipalities will be elevated in a phased manner.

The magnificent Nile Bridge in Jinja. The Eastern town has been granted city status by government. (PHOTO/File)

He said that a budget of UGX130 billion will be set aside for the operationalisation of the cities after meeting all the requirements.

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