Parliament has approved the creation of 19 municipalities intended to improve administration and delivery of services to the people.
The Minister of Local Government, Hon. Adolf Mwesige said government considered it necessary to create the municipalities for “proper planning and expansion of the area to ensure orderly development; having taken into account the multiplier effect on the economy of the area, the economic viability, the destiny and wishes of the people concerned.”
Twelve of the municipalities created become effective retrospectively on July 1, 2015. These are Nansana, Kira, Makindye Ssabagabo (all in Wakiso district), Kisoro (in Kisoro district), Mityana (in Mityana district), Kitgum (in Kitgum district), Koboko (in Koboko district), Mubende (in Mubende district), Kumi (in Kumi district), Luganzi (in Buikwe district), Kamuli (in Kamuli district) and Kapchorwa (in Kapchorwa district).
In addition, seven municipalities will become effective at the start of the next financial year, July 1, 2016. These are Ibanda (in Ibanda district), Njeru (in Buikwe district), Apac (in Apac district), Nebbi (in Nebbi district), Bugiri (in Bugiri district), Sheema (in Sheema district) and Kotido (in Kotido district).
Parliament however failed to approve a motion for the creation of 25 districts due to lack of the required quorum. The motion was moved in 2012.