By Barham Akatukunda
KABALE-The State Minister of Finance in charge of general duties Hon Henry Musasizi Ariganyira has said that Kabale municipality will not be upgraded to a city citing that government no longer has such plans.
Minister Musasizi made the revelation on Sunday 12.02.2023 while delivering his speech at his thanks giving that was held at St Mary’s cathedral Rushoroza located at Rushoroza hill in Kabale municipality.
Musasizi explained that the city resolution failed because as the finance committee they advised the president that these cities only bring expenses where by a city needs new administrators such as Members of Parliament, Lord Mayors and including increased taxes which doesn’t generate income to both the country and residents of Kabale and Kigezi at large.
He narrated that president Museveni told them to inform the public that people should focus on working harder as a way of developing their household incomes and to engage themselves in the government programs such as parish development model and to get government loans from banks such as small-scale business funds than creating new administrations that does not help in generating income in their pockets.
Kabale district was among the 15 districts the cabinet approved to have a city status In May 2019 in a phased manner.
In the first lot, Arua, Gulu, Jinja, Fort portal and Mbarara would be elevated to city status, in the second cohort, Hoima and Mbale in 2021, while Lira and Entebbe will be in the third lot of elevation. Others are Nakasongola, Moroto, Masaka, Soroti, Kabale and Wakiso.
According to authorities, Kabale City boundary consultations were to be made in 2025.
While preaching, The Vicar General Kabale Diocese Rev Fr Sunday John Vianney who represented the Kabale diocese bishop Rt. Rev. Callist Rubaramira called upon Christians to know their dignities as Catholics and to commit themselves to the apostolic church, and deepen their Faith, as the Parish is soon celebrating centenary.
He said those who’re departing the catholic faith while joining the born-a gains churches that they are doing a mistake should know that the catholic faith stands on strong pillars.
A total of 88,097,400 million shillings and 10 bags of cement were collected both in cash and pledges during the thanksgiving mass.
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