KAMPALA, May 22, (Xinhua/GNA) - Uganda's cabinet has approved the establishment of nine
cities in different parts of the east African country in a bid to improve urban
infrastructure construction, according to a government statement released on
The members of
the cabinet on Monday agreed that the nine cities shall be established, namely
Mbarara, Hoima and Fort Portal in western Uganda, Jinja and Mbale in the
eastern region, Entebbe in the middle, and Gulu, Lira and Arua in the north,
which will be created between 2020 and 2022, said the statement issued by
official Uganda Media Centre.
expected outcome of the creation of new cities is to increase urban
infrastructure services like tarmac roads, improved waste management, and water
services," the statement said.
The creation is
also expected to increase local revenue and government fiscal transfers, as
well as the employment rates.
currently has one city, its capital Kampala, located in the central part with a
population of over 1 million.