Uganda, Nov. 24 -- Lira District leaders have listed key priority programmes that they say if effectively implemented in the next financial year, will make Lira City a clean, green, smart and eco-friendly urban settlement.

The programmes are expected to further support the attainment of the Lira City Council's goal of increased household incomes, and improved quality of life of residents.

But for this dream to come true, critics say leaders have to deal with the issues of low civic participation in city development, solid waste and trade order management, growing crime, unemployment and limited spaces for youth participation.

"The increasing conflicts among leaders [which are] deterring joint development initiatives, physical planning ...