Hoima Municipality attained a Municipal status in 2010. The municipality that sits on a 7.5square kilometer of land is made up of Busiisi, Mparo, Bujumbura and Kahoora divisions.

But in October this year, the Hoima district approved the elevation of Hoima Municipality to a city. This was during an extra-ordinary council meeting held at the Kasingo district headquarters in Hoima Municipality.

The proposed Hoima Oil City will comprise the current Hoima Municipality, with the annexation of Buhanika, Buhimba, Kitoba and Kyabigambire sub-counties.

Saverino Kasigaire, the director physical planning in the Ministry of lands says there is no need to annex more sub counties to the municipality once granted city status but what is required is proper planning bearing in mind the discovery of oil in the region and associated developments coupled with the rapid population growth.

Mary Grace Mugasa, the Municipal mayor says proper planning has been hindered by political interference.

Hoima is ranked 9th of the 20 largest urban centers in the country, according to the 2014 population and housing census, and has the fastest growing population of 10.7 percent next to Wakiso whose growth rate is 11.9 percent.
By Vincent Senyunja.