Last week, the state minister for Kampala, Benna Namugwanya, tabled in Parliament a new proposed law, the KCCA (amendment) Bill 2015, which seeks to streamline the governance of the city.
This is the second time since the amendment bill has been introduced since 2015, when it was first tabled by the then Kampala minister Frank Tumwebaze.
However, a section of mainly opposition politicians say the Kampala Capital City Authority Amendment Bill (2015) is motivated by bad intentions.
During an emergency meeting on the same at City Hall, Kampala, the politicians led by Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago alleged that the Bill takes away their powers.
The bill proposes that the mayor and deputy mayor should be elected from among lord councillors in an exercise conducted by the electoral commission. The division mayoral elections will however be supervised by the Lord mayor or his deputy.
The positions of lord councillors are also at stake as the Bill also reduces their powers. Part of their duty will be mobilising the masses to pay taxes.
The Executive Director who has been heading the technical wing of the authority will now be solely accountable to the minister.
The Lord Mayor and KCCA councillors now want the MPs from Kampala to save them from what they say is political suffocation.
Some civil society groups have previously criticised the draft bill saying it disenfranchises voters in Kampala
The Speaker to Parliament has tasked the presidential affairs committee to handle the bill expeditiously within 49 days.