The regulations are intended to curb fighting and help solve the problem of shared ownership between districts and cities, the Minister of State for Local Government, Hon. Victoria Busingye Rusoke said.
Minister Rusoke was presenting a status report on the commissioning of new cities to the Government Implementation and Assurance Committee chaired by the Vice President, the Hon. Joseph Ssewungu, on Tuesday, September 27, 2022.
In April 2020, Parliament approved the creation of 15 cities, including Jinja, Mbarara, Gulu, Mbale, Arua, Fort Portal and Masaka.
Others are; Lira and Soroti, and the cities of Entebbe.
The Honorable Ssewungu tasked the Minister with explaining the solution to the property disputes between the mother districts and the cities, and the fact that some cities have not seen any change in terms of infrastructure since they were established.
“What is happening now in these cities is that they are fighting each other, those who were taken out of the cities to go to the parent district have refused to leave the cities.
I can give an example from Masaka district, they say they have assets in the city,” she said.
Minister Rusoke said that they are in the final stages of putting in place a regulation to resolve the distribution of property between cities and districts.
She said that they are working with the Attorney General to develop the Municipal Regulation of Local Government in accordance with section 175 of the Local Government Law. “To assure the committee, last Thursday, I had an officer go to the Attorney General’s office and give us his opinion.
They promised that on Thursday, this week they bring a copy,” she said.
She said that the draft framework provides for the equitable distribution of property between cities and districts.
Rusoke also said they have halted any further sale or sharing of the property until regulations are finalized.
Honorable However, Sssewungu said that a law is needed and not simply a regulation that depends on the Local Government Law. There have been disputes between the Mbarara District Local Government and the Mbarara Municipality, for example, over the administration buildings in Kamukuzi Division, Mbarara City. The district leaders of Lira and Soroti also want compensation for their properties from the cities, among others.