On the challenges and prospects of Arua Metropolis



By Harold Acemah

On July 1, my hometown acquired metropolis standing and is now one of many seven new cities of Uganda. The others being Gulu, Fort Portal, Jinja, Masaka, Mbale and Mbarara.

The delivery of Arua Metropolis was acquired with jubilation and nice expectations by the folks of West Nile, japanese DR Congo and South Sudan. One wonders whether or not the goals, hopes and aspirations of wananchi about Arua Metropolis will ever be realised.

On April 28, Parliament authorised the creation of 15 new cities in accordance with Article 179 of the Structure. Previous to that, on December 3, 2019, then minister of Native Authorities, Mr Tom Butime, defined that according to Native Governments Act, a metropolis is the equal of a district and a metropolis council has powers and performs duties of a district.

The creation of recent cities is according to Uganda’s Imaginative and prescient 2040 blueprint. It’s hoped that the seven new cities will speed up the tempo of urbanisation and financial growth in Uganda.

What’s a metropolis?
There are lots of definitions of the phrase metropolis, however usually a metropolis is a big, vital and densely populated human settlement with clearly outlined administrative boundaries. One other definition is {that a} metropolis is a city which has been given royal constitution by a monarch, king or queen, and has a Cathedral. Within the UK, “The Metropolis” refers back to the Central Enterprise District of London.

My favorite cities of the world embody Toronto, New York, Tokyo, Vienna, Milan, Brussels, Melbourne, Vancouver, Rio de Janeiro, Pretoria and Nairobi.


Metropolis of God is the title of a preferred church hymn, and a e-book by St Augustine which is a beneficial textbook for college kids of political science and theology.

Most cities usually have public areas or inexperienced belts the place folks can go and chill out, akin to Central Park of New York Metropolis which is larger in measurement than Arua Municipality.

Toronto’s foremost avenue, Yonge Avenue, is longer than the highway from Kampala to Lugazi. Tokyo is larger than Toronto, however it’s so clear and orderly that Kampala has no excuse in anyway to be so filthy and chaotic.

The theme chosen by the Arua Metropolis inaugural committee for the historic event is, “Working in the direction of the widespread purpose of reaching good and sustainable metropolis growth” which is pertinent and according to the Arua Bodily Improvement Plan (2015-2025) ready 5 years in the past with help from Habitat: UN Centre for Human Settlements, Nairobi, Kenya.

I urge the related Arua Metropolis authorities to make each effort to make sure the brand new metropolis is developed based on plan, not haphazardly, in order that Arua doesn’t turn out to be a glorified slum like many African cities.

With the intention to be a wise and sustainable metropolis, Arua wants competent, devoted, environment friendly, incorruptible and hardworking management.

Arua Metropolis has monumental potential as a regional hub for commerce and business. Concerted efforts to understand Arua’s potential requires unity of goal and a transparent programme of motion which enjoys full help of wananchi and the native enterprise group.

I wish to enchantment to buddies and growth companions of West Nile, notably Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Japan, UK, USA and the UN, to help the commendable efforts of Arua Metropolis administration to translate into actuality the aspirations, goals, expectations and hopes of West Nilers for a mannequin metropolis in Uganda’s higher north area.

Mr Acemah is a political scientist and retired profession diplomat.



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