Uganda government has created seven cities across the East African country in a move to decongest the capital Kampala, a top official said here Wednesday.
David Bahati, minister of State for Finance told Xinhua that the creation is in line with the country’s urbanization policy “to end the congestion, sanitation issues and confusion in Kampala.”The cities established include Fort Portal, Mbarara, Masaka, Arua, Jinja, Gulu and Mbale.
Bahati noted that funding for the cities had already been secured but will be disbursed in a phased manner.
“The starting point is to fund the physical planning so that the cities start on a solid background,” Bahati said
The creation is also expected to increase local revenue and government fiscal transfers, as well as increase employment, said the minister. The creation brings the total number of cities in the country to eight.