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Apac, Kitgum ask govt for municipality status

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By Geoffrey Omara

Posted  Tuesday, March 11   2014 at  02:00
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District leaders from northern Uganda have approved the granting of a municipality status to two town councils. This was during a regional conference organised by Uganda Local Government Association (ULGA) in Apac Town on Wednesday.

“As political leaders from Lango sub-region, we have resolved that Lira Municipality be granted a city status and Apac Town Council a municipality status with immediate effect,” the Oyam District chairperson, Mr Okello Charles Engola, said.

He said there is need for Parliament to allow Apac to become a Municipality and Lira a city since they deserve it.

Come of age
“Apac was upgraded to district status in 1974. It has now come of age like others which were granted a municipality status,” Mr Okello Engola said.
The same conference also recommended the upgrading of Gulu Municipality to a city and Kitgum Town Council into a municipality, citing the level of development in the area.

“As political leaders in Acholi sub-region, we have resolved that Gulu Municipality be granted a city status and Kitgum Town Council a municipality status,” the district chairperson Nwoya, Mr Patrick Okello Oryema, said.
He added: “We therefore ask Parliament to approve it with the immediate effect. Aside from the level of development in the two areas, the population is very high and the level of investment has gone up,” Mr Okello added.

Currently, Uganda has a number of municipalities including Lira, Gulu, Arua, Masaka, Mbarara, Mbale, Masindi, Soroti, Tororo, Entebbe and Jinja while Kampala is the only city.

The regional chairperson ULGA also the Arua District chairperson, Mr Wadri Sam Nyakua, asked government to upgrade some of the health centre IVs in Maracha, Zombo and Koboko districts to general hospitals.