Parliament has approved a motion to adjust the commencement date of the operationalization of three new cities of Lira, Soroti and Hoima from July 1, 2021 to July 1 this year.
In April, Parliament passed and approved the creation of 15 new cities which would be operational in a phased manner.
The Cities that would take effect on July 1, 2020 included; Arua, Gulu, Jinja, Mbarara, Fortbal, Mbale and Masaka while Hoima, Lira and Soroti city would take effect on July 1 next year.
Meanwhile, Entebbe city will become operational on July 1, 2022 while Moroto, Kabale, Wakiso and Nakasongola will take effect on July 1, 2023.
However in the turn of events, the Minister of Local Government, Raphael Magyezi presented a motion before Parliament seeking approval to adjust the commencement date of the cities of Lira, Hoima and Soroti to July 1, 2020.
Magyezi said that the decision was taken by Cabinet in consideration that the Electoral Commission is preparing for the 2021 general elections and the residents of the said cities are bound to miss out on representation.
“Aware that the Electoral Commission is preparing for 2021 general elections and as such, the cities of Hoima, Soroti and Lira will not participate the forthcoming elections unless this date is adjusted depriving the citizens from exercising their right to elect leaders,” Magyezi noted.
Magyezi added that the Ministry of Local government is ready to launch the three new cities once approved by Parliament.
The motion was approved by the house and the new cities will now be operational and will thus participate in the forthcoming elections.