Mbararara. Leaders /councilors in Mbarara municipality have started a campaign to block against Mbarara becoming a city, this has turned into differences between the councilors and their Bosses over a city status.
Councilors led by Doreen Natamba representing Kakoba Division have threatened that they can’t allow Mbarara Municipality with its current situation becoming a city when a lot is still lacking.
While speaking to our Reporter exclusively this week, Natamba said that she is in touch with fellow councilors towards the ongoing plans to create Mbarara a city, but they are plotting to block all these arrangements on grounds that Mbarara still has quite a number of issues to first.
Among other councilors who are support the same idea of Mbarara not becoming a city include Geoffrey Tumusiime, Jessica Tumwebaze Byaruhanga, Imam Shaf Kagiko and others. These have expressed their concern that though they are leaders of Mbarara municipality, they cannot allow such a mistake of approving Mbarara municipality as a city with the current leadership deficiencies at Mbarara Municipal Council. These councilors are understood to be pointing a finger at Mayor Kakyebezi.
Mbarara municipality was among the municipalities in Uganda that were recently listed to be granted city status, a proposal that it is currently in Parliament awaiting for approval. In the last council at Mbarara municipality, it was brought to the floor of the council in the Executive Committee Report on how Mbarara will be structured as soon as it is approved as city.
According to the structuring, Mbarara will be composed of two divisions/Administrative units and these are; Mbarara Western Division and Mbarara Eastern Division. Each of the Administrative unit will be composed of three divisions. Mbarara Western Division will be composed of Nyamitanga, Kamukuzi, and Nyakayojo divisions with seven wards. Mbarara Eastern will be composed of Kakoba, Kakika and Biharwe divisions with 15 wards.
When the Executive committee revealed such structuring, it left some councilors uncomfortable, and unsatisfied arguing that Mbarara municipality still needs much time to settle and prepare for a city status but not now. Among the issues these leaders raised were; that Mbarara has little little population, endless leadership wrangles, financial crisis, and corruption among others.