Jinja Launches UGX 100M City Bid

Muhammad Kezaala
Jinja mayor Muhammad Kezaala

Jinja town is embarking on a 100 million shillings project to beautify the municipality in anticipation of attaining city status.

On Monday municipal authorities in conjunction with their counterparts Skelleftea City in Sweden launched the 100 million shillings project aimed at brightening and beautifying Jinja town.

The effort is part of an ambitious plan by municipality officials to aggitate for Jinja town to be granted city status.

In the programme dubbed “painting the city bright”, all buildings in Jinja town will receive a fresh coat of paint to enhance their beauty and give the town a modern city look.

The launch was attended by Jinja Mayor Hajji Mohammed Baswari Kezala, Jinja District chief administrative officer Olive Nakyanzi, Jinja RDC Richard Gulume Balyainho, Municipal town clerk David Kyasanku, and the DPC Jonathan Musinguzi among others.

During the launch, Jinja Central Police Station headquarters were painted.

Speaking at the launch of this programme held at Main Street opposite Jinja Central Police Station, the Mayor Kezaala said that this was one of the strategies being employed to market Jinja globally.

Kezaala said the project had already identified 66 buildings out of the 166 in dire need of of a coat of paint. The buildings would be the first to be painted before the project is extended to other buildings. The project’s success will be inspected by the Mayor of Skelleftea during a visit in May.

In his speech, the RDC of Jinja Richard Gulume Balyainho called upon the residents and landlords in jinja town to embrace the programme because it will benefit everybody.

While the 100 million shillings is meant for work up to May, the project is planned to stretch to four years. Officials estimate the project could end up costing 3 billion shillings.

According to the town clerk David Kyasanku, corporate companies like Kakira Sugar Works, BIDCO, Nile Breweries, Sadolin Paints, Nile View Casino, Hared Petroleum, and Skyfat tannery among others have offered to support this 3billion project in cash or kind.