By Mirembe Martina
Ever since the appointment of Jennifer Musisi as the Executive Director, Kampala Capital City Authority and Erias Lukwago as just a ceremonial mayor and Musisi as his boss, the two have been going at it, head to head.
After failing to reconcile the two, lawmakers on the Public Service and Local Government committee resolved to meet President Museveni to help solve the feud. The petition to involve the president was filed by Mukono municipality MP Betty Nambooze and according to the petition, the feud has stalled development in Kampala city. They now want the president to intervene. “Where these problems have reached, we have resolved that meeting the president will be a good idea,” said Roland Mugume Kaginda (Rukungiri municipality).
The decision came after two separate meetings with Musisi and Lukwago failed to resolve the wrangles at City hall. “I am fed up with the practice at City hall. This is non-partisan and there is no political colour involved. This pampering and praising is not going to help. Now that I have got the opportunity to be heard, I will die a happy man,” Lukwago said after the meeting.
Lukwago asked the committee to probe the leadership structure of KCCA, recruitment exercise, management lapses and Musisi’s failure to account for funds that the council approves to do certain work, which is yet to be done.
However, when Musisi appeared before the committee, she denied the claims saying in cases where money was approved, work is yet to be done.
According to Dr Amin Tamale Kiggundu, an expert in urban planning, the lawmakers are wasting time in meeting Museveni. “I think the president cannot do much. He is happy when Lukwago is in a fix,” Kiggundu said. “But, I also blame government because the KCCA Act is not a pro-people law. The Lord Mayor should be given more powers because he is elected by people. Weakening the Lord Mayor is not fair. The law needs to be revised.