Raphael Magyezi, the minister of local government, and Henry Musasizi, the state minister for finance, during a session in front of Members of Parliament, engaged in a disagreement concerning a sum of 15 billion shillings allocated for the relocation of 312 sub-counties.
The two ministers appeared before the House Committee on Public Service and Local Government on Tuesday.
The Ministry of Local Government requires the 15 billion shillings to facilitate the relocation of 312 sub-counties, some of which are being relocated to make way for newly established cities.
Minister Musasizi expressed his concern about the continuous creation of administrative units leading to the current situation. He highlighted the challenge of having numerous sub-counties requiring relocation while Magyezi seeks funds for both the already initiated cities and the new ones. He questioned the feasibility of this approach.
Musasizi revealed that these matters had already been discussed with the President, and it was mutually agreed, in principle, that the establishment of new cities should be halted.
Magyezi intervened at this juncture to clarify that he doesn’t possess the authority to establish local governments. He explained that the creation of these cities was carried out through a parliamentary motion sanctioned by Cabinet. Magyezi also pointed out that one of the new administrative units is situated in Rubanda district, and Musasizi benefits from this development.