KABALE: The State Minister of Finance (general duties) Henry Musasizi Ariganyira has told the public who were expecting Kabale municipality to be elevated to the level of a city to lose hope for it because the government no longer has such plans.
Minister Musasizi made these worrying remarks on Sunday february 12th, at a thanksgiving that was held at St Mary’s cathedral Rushoroza located at Rushoroza hill in Kabale municipality.
Musasizi explained that the city resolution failed because the finance committee advised the president that these cities only brings expenses where by a city needs new administrators such as Members of Parliament, Mayors and increased taxes.
He narrated that president Museveni told cabinet to inform the public that people should focus on working harder to develop 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, Masaka and Mbarara were elevated to city status, in the second cohort, Hoima and Mbale would be elevated in 2021, while Lira and Entebbe will be in the third lot of elevation. Others are Nakasongola, Moroto, Soroti, Kabale and Wakiso.
According to authorities, Kabale City boundary consultations were to be made in 2025.
In his homily, the Vicar General Kabale Diocese Rev Fr Sunday John Vianney who presented 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 a centennial anniversary.
He said those who’re departing the catholic faith to join other religions are doing a mistake because the catholic faith stands on strong pillars.
A total cash of 80.467.400 (80.4m) Uganda shillings was collected and a pledge of 7.630.000 shillings together with 10 bags of cement, at a thanksgiving Mass of Hon Minister Musasizi which was also aimed at the completion of paving the cathedral compound and Terrazzo as Kabale diocese prepares to celebrate 100 years of service in March of this year 2023.
Hon. Wilfred Niwagaba, Hon Dr. Nicholas Kamara, Hon Alex Niyonsaba and the RCC Sheikh Kasimu Kamugisha attended the function.
By Ambrose Kweronda