Municipal status excites Mubende residents

Saturday August 1 2015

By GODFREY MAYENGO

MUBENDE.

Residents and leaders of Mubende District are in a frenzy of excitement following government’s decision to elevate Mubende Town Council to a municipal council.

The excitement was triggered by the announcement from Mubende District Speaker, Ms Ephrance Nakiguli, on Tuesday, that they had received a letter from ministry of Local Government informing them that the town council had been approved as a municipality.

“This is going to partly address some of the problems at hand like youth unemployment,” she said.
Mr Fred Ssekindi, a resident, said: “This development has energised us and we are going to work hard to see that we also attain a city status.”

Ms Florence Nakibuuka Mukasa, another resident, said she hopes to reap big from her commercial houses.
Ms Nakiguli said the new municipality will become operational in 2016/2017.

However, some sub-county chairpersons, whose areas have been annexed to the new municipality, were unhappy, saying it would affect their revenue collections.

“It will be the municipal council to decide what (tax)portion should return to the sub-county, which I think is unfair,” said Kiyuni Sub-county chairperson Paul Bazanye.

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