Hoima Embarks On Infrastructure Development

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Grace Mary Mugasa, the Mayor Hoima Municipality says after submitting their request to the Local Government Ministry for elevation to a city status, they have embarked on ground work to ensure that they are not caught off guard when supervisors descend on the town.

Hoima Municipal council has embarked on infrastructure development and intensive physical planning to enhance its push for a city status. Following the confirmation of vast oil deposits in Bunyoro sub region, Hoima municipality positioned itself for elevation to an Oil city.
 
 
Grace Mary Mugasa, the Mayor Hoima Municipality says after submitting their request to the Local Government Ministry for elevation to a city status, they have embarked on ground work to ensure that they are not caught off guard when supervisors descend on the town.
 
 
According to Mugasa, they are working on setting standards through building capacity to enhance local revenue collection, physical planning and infrastructure development under the Shillings 10.4b Uganda Support to Municipal Development - USMD project. 
 

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Asked on how they intend to cope with the influx of people, Mugasa said they have already developed a real estate's plan to ensure the availability of sufficient housing units for the growing population.
 
 
Much as ordinary people are anxiously waiting for the government announcement elevating Hoima municipality to a city, various experts and development workers believe a lot needs to be done.
 
 
John Vita Isingoma, the coordinator Kitara Development Initiative says much as everyone wants to see Hoima municipality achieve a city status, there is need to replan most parts of the town.
 
 
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Isingoma calls for the empowerment of Hoima Municipal Development Forum to sensitise residents to enhance their capacity to cope with the influx of people competing for the available opportunities in the Oil and Gas sector.
 
 
Michael Businge, an official with African Centre for Energy Governance, says Hoima municipality lacks capacity to manage solid and liquid waste, which is likely to worsen as the population increases.
 

Businge says that there is need for a multi sectoral approach to handle environmental issues in the developing urban area especially the management of the water resources to avoid what he called a shady city.
 

Stanley Mboineki, a Social Worker, hopes the main leadership of the proposed oil city will prioritise of management of traffic to avoid the experience of Kampala where Kampala Capital City Authority finds itself in conflict with the population.
 
 
Onizmus Byarugaba, a chapatti vendor along Fort portal road, says everyone wants to identify with the proposed city as long as it can create better employment opportunities.
 
 
Grace Mary Mugasa, the Mayor of Hoima says some of the issues pointed out by different stakeholders like piped water, electricity, a modern abattoir and industrial park are being worked on by the relevant bodies.


 
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Commercial oil production is set to begin by 2020.

 

About the author

Thembo Kahungu
Thembo Kahungu is interested in journalism that changes lives. A recent example is when a suspect in state prosecutor Joan Kagezi was held longer than the law states. Kahungu is proud to note that it was his follow up on Geoffrey Kato's unlawful detention that led to the freedom of the boda boda rider.

Previously based in Kasese, Kahungu has been reposted to Hoima town. Kahungu is now the Uganda Radio Network Hoima bureau chief.

Kahungu has been a practicing journalist since 2007. He was a reporter for Radio Messiah and Kasese Guide Radio. He was also the Kasese Daily Monitor freelance writer. He has also been a teacher at Liberty College of Management and Journalism in Kasese district.

Kahungu is deeply interested in investigative journalism. Kahungu has developed a big interest in covering issues to do with Oil, Gas and Mining after attending a fellowship in Ghana in October 2015 under the sponsorship of Natural Resource Governance Institute.