Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has notified the Inspector General of Police Gen. Kale Kayihura to prepare for a battle as he launches a new campaign to defend the elective position of the Lord Mayor.
Lukwago has described the whole exercise as a move by the state to punish Kampala voters for unanimously rejecting President Yoweri Museveni, and his agents during the 2016 elections.
Among other amendments, the Bill seeks to change the manner in which the Lord Mayor,Deputy Lord Mayor, Division Mayors and their deputies are elected from adult suffrage. By implication, the Lord Mayor and Division Mayors will have to stand as councilors, from there; councilors will select the Lord Mayor, Deputy Lord Mayor, Division Mayor and Deputy Mayor respectively amongst themselves.
However, the Lord Mayor says that they will not allow such impunity and political maneuvers citing that if the government is to invoke article 1 of the constitution (states that Power belongs to the people, and they should decide how they should be governed), it should first organize a referendum for the people of Kampala to decide.
“We are going to take these matters to the public to decide thereby convening numerous rallies to the electorates. We are putting the Inspector General of Police on notice.” Lukwago has stressed.
Two years after being shelved, the Kampala Capital City Authority Bill (2015) is being resurrected yet again on the floor of Parliament.
The bill was tabled by Ms Benny Namugwanya, the State minister for Kampala City Authority and upon receiving it, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker to Parliament on Tuesday tasked the Presidential Affairs Committee to handle it expeditiously within 49 days.
“This bill has only been reprinted it has been around for some time lying somewhere, so no more delays will be allowed,” Ms Kadaga said.
According to Mr Frank Tumwebaze, the then Minister of Presidency and Kampala, the KCCA (Amendment) Bill, 2015 which is a culmination of two years of preparation intends to strengthen and streamline the governance of the city, by drawing clear lines of distinction between roles of policy makers and administrators. The apparent fusion of roles has also contributed largely to the governance problem.
The amendments will also ; enhance the current provisions in the law, providing for the Metropolitan Physical Planning Authority to engender better planning in the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area; remove the borrowing limit of the KCCA as long as any such borrowing is compliant with the Public Finance Management Act; and to correct the latent errors and ambiguity in composition of the Authority/Council and nomenclature of institutions and offices.
Mr Frank Tumwebaze says, the amendment bill if passed into law, is intended to improve the City and enhance the operations of the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area from a physical planning perspective and generally bring about integrated planning in the face of rapid urbanization. It is generally for the common good of all Kampala people.
The amendment also seeks to trim the powers of Lord Mayor and vest more power in the hands of the Kampala minister and the KCCA Executive Director