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Entebbe's quest for city status suffers setback

Entebbe airport

Entebbe airport

Entebbe municipality is struggling to annex Katabi and Kajjansi town councils to form the proposed Entebbe city.  

The government has earmarked nine municipalities for elevation to city status in the next financial year. The nine municipalities include; Fort Portal, Mbarara, Hoima, Lira, Arua, Gulu, Mbale, Jinja and Entebbe.

A budget of Shs 130 billion has been set aside to have them launched after they meet all the requirements. However, the elevation of Entebbe has suffered a setback after several leaders of Wakiso district disagreed on merging the areas of Kajjansi and Katabi with Entebbe.

Currently, both Kajjansi and Katabi, being semi-autonomous administrative units under Wakiso district Local government cannot be included in Entebbe for the formulation of Entebbe city unless Wakiso Local Government passes a resolution to that effect.   

The district council at Wakiso has ignored requests from both town councils to join Entebbe with claims that the creation of Wakiso city would be more ideal than Entebbe since the former has all necessary requirements.

Richard Lubwama Mukuba, a councillor at Wakiso district says if Katabi and Kajjansi town councils are annexed to Entebbe, it will affect revenue collection in Wakiso. He explains that 54 per cent of the people in Entebbe do not pay taxes and thus the creation of the city will strain Katabi and Kajjansi town councils.  

Currently, the population of Entebbe municipality stands at 78,000 people. Vincent Kayanja, the mayor for Entebbe municipality the area should be upgraded to city status because the town boasts of an international airport, State House, National Botanical Gardens, Wildlife Education Centre, Uganda Virus Research Institute, National Agricultural Research Organization, UPDF Air Force headquarters and many others.

“There is no international airport worldwide that is not located in a city save for Entebbe. We, therefore, request our colleagues instead of pushing for the creation of Wakiso city, we re-evaluate and elevate Entebbe.” Kayanja says. 

David Lukyamuzi, a planner at Entebbe Municipal Council says all politicians should set aside their personal interests and accept the creation of Entebbe city.

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0 #1 rubangakene 2019-04-10 20:26
What really makes a city; isn't this just a charade? For me the allure of Entebbe are the small fishing villages that surround it, the quiet existence away from the madding crowd of Kampala City with its mountains of rubbish and matatus, pickpockets and prostitutes, you name it.

If you like a quiet holes of golf, sailing and so forth, it should remain as it is- environmentally safe and sound!
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0 #2 Jomo 2019-04-11 08:47
Instead of struggling to make Entebbe an independent city, .let it be amalgamated with Kampala to make Greater Kampala.

Ditto for other surrounding municipalities like Nansana, Kiira, and Mukono which, to all intents and purposes are already part of Kampala.

I suspect the greater part of Kampala population, especially daytime, comes from these surrounding municipalities, which then have to be included in the overall plan if one is to plan effectively for Kampala.

For example, one way to decongest Kampala (rubbish, traffic, etc) would be to decentralsie services/offices to these municipalities
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-1 #3 Lakwena 2019-04-12 08:04
Quoting rubangakene:
What really makes a city; isn't this just a charade? For me the allure of Entebbe are the small fishing villages that surround it, the quiet existence away from the madding crowd of Kampala City with its mountains of rubbish and matatus, pickpockets and prostitutes, you name it.

If you like a quiet holes of golf, sailing and so forth, it should remain as it is- environmentally safe and sound!


In other words Rubangakene, a city is hell on earth.

In developed countries many reasonable people are moving away from cities to go to small and quieter towns/suburbs. But Ugandans, not aware of the dehumanizing city environment, are diving into urban centers in doves.
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0 #4 WADADA roger 2019-04-12 21:08
If i had a say, i would tell you that only Gulu, Arua and Jinja qualify to be cities, the rest including my own Mbale are far below standard.

I have included Jinja just to balance the boat but is is one of the dead towns that need more than 10 years to attain a city status.

Many people think because a town has painted its buildings and removed road side wooden kiosks, then it is good enough to be elevated, i say no, not yet.
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0 #5 WADADA roger 2019-04-12 21:12
I have personally visited Fort Portal, Mbarara, Hoima, Lira, Arua, Gulu, Mbale, Jinja and Entebbe and i know that they have been struggling to even keep up as municipalities.

True Hoima is high rising, Mbarara is trying but only to the standard of municipalities. If the worst comes to the worst, then lets elevate Arua, Gulu, Hoima and Jinja, the rest of the towns clamouring for that status can go back to the drawing board.
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0 #6 rubangakene 2019-04-15 23:11
Thanks Wadada,

You might not remember Mbale in the 60/70s; it was the cleanest town in Uganda, well planned, constructed and managed; in fact Obote had wanted to shift the capital to from Kampala to Mbale. I hope in the future this will be realised.
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