Leaders in Kayunga District are lobbying to have Kayunga Town council elevated to a municipality status, something they say would improve service delivery and create more jobs for residents in the area.
The leaders led by the Kayunga mayor, Mr Magid Nyanzi, Ntenjeru North MP Amos Lugoloobi and the district chairperson , Mr Tom Sserwanga, say Kayunga, which was elevated to a town council 40 years ago, cannot extend services to its people because of the increasing population.
Kayunga Town Council population is estimated to have grown to 35,000 inhabitants from less than 9,000 people in the early 1980s, according to Mr Nyanzi.
Mr Nyanzi says despite having almost all the requirements stipulated in the Local Governments Act to have the town elevated to a municipality status, government did not consider them while creating new 12 municipalities in 2016.
The leaders’ quest is to have their town elevated to a municipality by 2021.
“Besides the population requirement; a minimum of 100,000 inhabitants, we have all the other necessities as per the Local Government Act,” Mr Nyanzi said during an interview last Friday.
“We have capacity to meet the cost of service delivery, office accommodation, a physical development plan, a reliable piped water source, a reasonable financial base, land for effective planning and expansion among others,” he says.
He says as town council leaders, they are now carrying out documentation work to support their agitation for a municipality, which documents he says would then be presented before council for endorsement .
“When this motion is passed by council, it will then be presented to the district council for debate which will also pass it before forwarding it to Parliament,” the mayor explains.
He said rendering them their wish would mean increasing the level of planning and annexing Kayunga and some parts of Busaana Sub-county to the town to form a municipality.
“The town and neighbouring areas would benefit in terms of infrastructural development since we shall be getting more funds,” Mr Nyanzi notes.
Kayunga District chairperson Tom Sserwanga and speaker Saleh Bulinsoni both say they are working closely with the town council authorities to expedite the process of documentation.
The duo note that the district is eagerly waiting for a resolution on the matter so that it is passed and forwarded to Parliament for approval.
Mr Sserwanga says that when Kayunga Town is elevated to a municipality, at least 100 new jobs and more elective political posts would also be created.
The former Ntenjeru North MP, Ms Sarah Nansubuga, who is also among the leaders trying to seek audience with President Museveni as regards their proposal has declared interests in contesting for municipality Member of Parliament seat should their wish be granted.
Recently, Parliament approved four new town councils in Kayunga District, which include; Nazigo, Kangulumira, Busaana and Kitimbwa.
However, Mr Sserwanga says the urban centres are not yet operational as government has not yet disbursed funds to them besides some little money for opening up roads under the Uganda Road Fund.
The Kayunga Resident District Commissioner, Ms Rose Birungi, says she supports the proposal to elevate Kayunga to a municipality and promised to play her role as the president’s representative in the district to ensure that the aspirations of residents are accomplished. “It is long overdue to have Kayunga Town upgraded to a municipality,” she says.