By Candia Stephen
Arua-Authorities of Arua Municipality have announced a move to demolish all illegal and shoddy structures in the town as a move to prepare the town for a city status.
The decision follows a recent visit by the minister of housing and urban development Isaac Musumba to the municipality.
The minister decried the existence of illegal and shoddy structures and Kiosks in the Municipality and wondered how the town to be a city in the near future could have unplanned structures in existence in its midst.
Several unplanned structures, especially the kiosks have sprung up in Oli division, which has failed to cope up with development of the town. The area, that has remained predominantly, a slum, is still faced with poor drainage systems, makeshift houses and lack proper shelter.
He also urged the Municipal authorities to ensure that there is proper planning now to cater for the future of the Municipality. In 2014, when the municipality council attempted to remove kiosks, the former RDC, now the Municipality MP, Ibrahim Abiriga opposed the move saying removing kiosks would deprive the poor off business.
But the council stood their ground saying they could continue having kiosks in the central business areas. They successfully removed the kiosks but some resistance was met in Oli division to date.
Meanwhile Joseph Bagonza the deputy town clerk Arua Municipality says many illegal structures have been put anyhow within the town.
He condemned the manner in which some developers ignore working with the authority to ensure that their plans comply with the authority’s plans.
However Isa Kato, the Mayor Arua Municipal council appeals to the public to respect the authority’s plan for the town.
He says all efforts are in place to ensure that Arua attains a city status through proper planning.