It is all jubilation on Wednesday the 1st of July 2020 in a handful of municipalities in Uganda that have officially shifted to cities.
The government officially launched the first batch of cities that are 7 out of 15 new cities created.
The national was graced by the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga alongside the minister for local government Raphael Magyezi in Jinja district.
Among the 1st batch of new cities that are slated to officially kickoff operationalization in Uganda include Arua , Fort Portal, Gulu, Jinja , Mbarara, Mbale, and Masaka.
The second lot that includes Hoima, Lira and Soroti will take effect on July 1, 2021, while the third includes Entebbe City will take effect on July 1, 2022.
The final group which includes Wakiso, Moroto, Nakasongola and Kabale cities are expected to take effect on July 1, 2023.
The minister for local government Raphael Magyezi has said these cities will raise their own revenue and are expected to be work independently in terms of sustainability.
Magyezi adds that in the meantime no one will be allowed to sell, lease or exchange fixed public assets like land or motor vehicles until further notice.