During the cabinet meeting held yesterday July 27, 2020, it was resolved that 31 new counties be approved in Uganda. This brings the total number of new approved counties to 46.
While addressing the press at Uganda Media Centre, Hon Peter Ogwang the Minister of State for Information, Communication Technology has today detailed the move, stating that all the new counties qualified for the upgrade after thorough assessment.
“First, there has to be a sub-county resolution, district council resolution and one of the constitutional provisions like Article 179 clause 4 of the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda,” he said.
The new counties include; Namayingo County curved out of Namayingo District, Mawogola West County from Mawogola County in Sembabule District, Otuke East County curved out of Otuke County in Otuke District, Ruhama East County got from Ruhama County in Ntungamo District and Isigiro West County curved out of Isingiro District among others.
This has come in when should there are 15 more pending counties which need to be approved.
The Minister, however, mentioned that some other criteria are followed in the process for example effective administration, geographical features, population density in the area, wishes of the concerned people among others.
Ogwang also referred to the constitutional provisions that back the assessment and approval process adding that some of them are not new.
“Some of these are in line with the local government act specifically provision 243. All these were passed by the district council and some of them were passed in 2010,” he said.
It should be noted that there have been queries on the pending counties, which have not yet been approved.
Concluding, the Minister stated that the Minister of Kampala together with the Ministry of Consumer Affairs will give an account on creation of a new county within Nakawa since it has a big population.