Local government Minister, Mr Raphael Magyezi, has warned the interim leadership of Hoima city against indulging in fights and corruption but rather focus on building it and improving on its security to attract investors.
The minister was speaking at the official launch of Hoima city in Bunyoro sub-region as a strategic city for oil and gas in the country and the inauguration of the interim leadership yesterday (Thursday) August 13, 2020 at the new home of the city headquarters in Rusaka Lower.
Mr Magyezi advised the interim leadership to use all opportunities including oil and Hoima international airport to bring services closer to the people and usher in modern infrastructure, a plan which requires non-fragmented land.
He revealed that the government has already allocated Shs35b to Hoima City to enable it to run its activities.
Hoima oil city is one of the 10 new cities that became operational this 2020/21 financial year. Fort portal, Jinja, Gulu, Lira, Mbarara and Mbale among are among others that also became operational in the same fiscal year.
Mr Magyezi revealed that the remaining municipalities including Wakiso, Entebbe and others will be elevated to city status in 2025.
He chose Mr Frederick Alibankoha and Mr Fred Kabagyo as interim chairpersons for Hoima East and Hoima West Divisions respectively.
The interim city mayor, Ms Grace Mary Mugasa, urged the leaders and aspiring candidates to avoid political fights but focus on uniting and working together for development.
The acting Town Clerk, Mr Geoffrey Bwagi Bamanyisa, pledged total commitment for a performing technical team that will take the city to greater heights.
Hoima oil city sits on 228 square kilometres with a population of 171,000 people.