Gov’t Set to Create New Municipalities

Government intends to create new municipalities ahead of the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections.

Gen moses Ali

The Second Deputy Prime Minister, Gen (Rtd). Moses Ali, who was presenting government’s legislative programme for the Fifth Session of the Ninth Parliament, said government would table 28 new Bills or amendments to existing Acts in the 2015/2016 financial year.

The motion for a resolution of Parliament to create new municipalities follows a similar one on the creation of 39 new counties moved in Parliament last week and referred to the Committee on Public Service and Local Government for consideration. Parliament is scheduled to consider the motion, which when approved, will bring the number of MPs in the 10th Parliament to 414.

In addition, government intends to move amendments to the presidential and parliamentary electoral laws as well as the Electoral Commission (Amendment) Bill. Also expected are the Kampala Capital City Authority (Amendment) Bill, Electricity (Amendment) Bill, the Climate Change Bill, Roads Bill, Uganda Construction Industry Commission Bill, Metropolitan Area Transport Authority Bill and National Roads Safety Authority Bill.

Government will also present revisions to the National Water Policy and the National Environment Management Policy; and regulations for the Uganda Communications Act and National Information Technology Authority Uganda (e-government regulations).