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Jinja wants city status

By Vision Reporter

Added 28th November 2004 03:00 AM

JINJA Municipality is ready to be elevated to city status, Mayor David Wakudumira (right) has said.

JINJA Municipality is ready to be elevated to city status, Mayor David Wakudumira (right) has said.

By Moses Nampala

JINJA Municipality is ready to be elevated to city status, Mayor David Wakudumira (right) has said.

He said such status would attract investors given the high standards of development the town would assume.

“Declaring Jinja to be the second city of this country would give foreign investors a wider choice of places where they can invest.

“It would reduce the congestion of industries in Kampala,” Wakudumira said. He made the remarks on Monday while addressing a one-day conference at the Town Hall.

The conference was organised jointly by Jinja Municipal Council, and Stanbic Bank.

Uganda Manufacturers Association, the business community and representatives of financial institutions attended.

The conference on the theme “Jinja challenge 2015” was to identify strategies to revamp the development of the town that was once the industrial hub of Uganda.

Industries and investments have shifted to Kampala city.

Wakudumira said delays in granting Jinja city status gave the impression that Jinja was just another trading centre up-country.

The principal Makerere University Business School, Wasswa Balunywa, challenged Jinja’s leaders to abandon the attitude of “self-pity” and adopt strategies to restore its past glory.

He urged politicians to realise that Jinja’s endowments were unique.

Jinja wants city status

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