3 min read
22 Sep

In a remarkable display of leadership and diplomacy, Dr. Wilson Sanya, the Mayor of Koboko Municipality in Uganda, recently made headlines as he addressed the Global Strong Cities Networking Summit in New York City.

This summit, held during the high-level opening week of the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, brought together over 276 mayors from around the world to discuss crucial issues related to peace, coexistence, and community development. 

Dr. Sanya's presence at this international event not only shed light on the challenges faced by Koboko and the West Nile region but also underscored the importance of local governments in addressing global issues.

Koboko District: A Brief Overview

Koboko District, established in 2005, has a unique history and geographical location in the northwestern part of Uganda. It borders South Sudan to the north, Yumbe District to the east, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, and Maracha District to the south. 

The district's rich history includes being the birthplace of former President Field Marshal Idd Amin Dada. However, it also endured turbulent times during the 1980s and 1990s due to conflicts among various rebel factions.

Geographically, Koboko comprises mainly flat rolling plains, with isolated undulating hills in the western and northern regions. 

The district's economy primarily revolves around agriculture, trade, fish farming, civil service employment, and other petty jobs. Its strategic location near the borders of South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo has made cross-border trade a significant economic activity.

Population and Religious Diversity: As of 2018, Koboko District had a projected population of approximately 237,900, with a slight majority being female. The district boasts a diverse religious landscape, with Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Islamic faiths being predominant. There are also smaller communities of Seventh-day Adventists, traditionalists, and atheists, reflecting the cultural and religious tapestry of the region.

Dr. Wilson Sanya: A Leader's Journey 

Dr. Wilson Sanya's journey to becoming the Mayor of Koboko Municipality and a respected figure in Uganda's urban governance began with his education. Born on May 5, 1977, in Koboko District, he completed his primary education at Ediofe Boys Primary School and proceeded to St. Charles Lwanga Secondary School for his O' Level studies. He then pursued his advanced-level education at St. Joseph's College, Ombachi, Arua.

Mayor Dr. Wilson Sanya Speaking

After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ethics and Development Studies from Uganda Martyrs University-Nkozi in 2001, Dr. Sanya furthered his knowledge by completing relevant courses, including a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration and Administrative Officers Law Course. 

His career in public service took off with roles at organizations like the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI) and the Uganda Change Agent Association (UCAA) before transitioning into local government positions in Arua and later Koboko.

In 2015, Dr. Sanya entered politics under the banner of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) and was elected as the first directly elected mayor of Koboko Municipal Council. 

His dedication to public service and leadership did not stop there, as he went on to become the National Vice Chairman for the Urban Authorities Association of Uganda (UAAU) from 2016 to 2020. In the 2021 elections, he secured a second term as Mayor of Koboko Municipal and, impressively, was elected as the National Chairman of UAAU, a position of great significance that represents all cities, municipalities, and town councils in Uganda.

Global Strong Cities Networking Summit:

Dr. Sanya's recent appearance at the Global Strong Cities Networking Summit in New York City was a testament to his commitment to addressing pressing issues. He was invited to deliver a keynote address on peacefully coexisting with neighboring communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan. 

His speech highlighted the efforts of West Nile and Koboko in youth skill development, trauma handling, and the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 11 (SSG 11).

The summit was attended by more than 276 mayors, including notable figures like Mr. Eric Adams, the Mayor of New York, Mr. Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, and the Mayor of Berlin, among others. 

Dr. Sanya's participation underscored the global significance of local leaders in promoting peace, preventing extremism, and fostering community development while respecting human rights and safeguarding local democracy.

Dr. Wilson Sanya's journey from Koboko to the global stage is a testament to the power of dedicated leadership and commitment to community development. His participation in the Global Strong Cities Networking Summit showcased not only the challenges faced by Koboko and the West Nile region but also the role that local governments can play in addressing global issues. With his vision, experience, and dedication, Dr. Sanya continues to be a symbol of unity and progress for Northern Uganda and the nation as a whole. His leadership promises to bring equal opportunities and unity to the greater North and Uganda as a whole, making him a key figure in the country's future.

BY: Aldo, Dailywestnile.info 
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