Kamya has written to Musisi directing her to effect the changes. In a July 24th, 2017 letter to Musisi, Kamya argues that I am convinced that Kampala Capital City Authority is capable of meeting the remunerations proposed.
Kamya recently approved a 30 per cent raise for the Kampala Lord Mayor, Deputy Lord Mayor, Division Mayors and all city councilors starting this financial year. However, Musisi declined to effect the changes.
In her July 13th response to the Minister, Musisi argued that; “we are not in position to ascertain the revenue trend to establish the revenue growth required to fund and sustain the proposed increment. This renders it impossible for management to implement your directive effective July 2017.”
Currently, the Lord Mayor earns a net pay of Shillings 11, 427,305, division mayors Shillings 7,150,000, KCCA councilors Shillings 3,150,000 and division Councilors Shillings 2,300,000.
Now, Kamya has written to Musisi directing her to effect the changes. In a July 24th, 2017 letter to Musisi, Kamya argues that “I am convinced that Kampala Capital City Authority is capable of meeting the remunerations proposed.”
Referring to section 77 of Kampala Capital City Act, Kamya says salary remunerations can only be determined by Kampala minister in consultation with Finance and Public Service Ministries.
“Nowhere in the KCCA act 2010 does the executive director, Kampala Capital City Authority have a role in determination of remunerations to be paid to the stated political leaders…you are reminded by the virtue of section 79 (2), (3) and (4) to give effect to any direction/ directive given by the minister…you are expected to implement the directive as communicated,” reads the letter.
Kamya has also advised Musisi to organise consultative meeting with councilors aimed at finding ways of generating money for their salary increment. “I urge you to organise workshops and seminars that would enable councillors to identify new revenue streams. You might also motivate them through performance contracts,” Kamya says.
She argues that there is need to increase the emoluments of city councilors to facilitate their effective participation in mobilising business people to pay taxes, adding that councilors play a central role in resource mobilization.
Kamya says KCCA should be aggressive by tapping into untapped revenue streams such as boda-bodas, garages, special hire taxis, trucks and property rates. This, she says will significantly boost KCCA’s local revenue collection.
“You need to be aggressive and innovative on this matter,” Kamya asserts. Kamya also reminds Musisi that she proposed hefty salaries for Kampala politicians in 2011, which were never implemented.
“It is on record that 2011 when the non-tax revenue of KCCA was very low, you proposed the following values as emoluments of political leaders; the Lord Mayor was to earn Shillings 36 million, the Deputy Lord Mayor Shillings 29 million, Councilors Shillings 12 million and urban division councilors Shillings 9 million. The reason that your proposal was not implemented was not for lack of resources but because of the politics of the day,” the letter reads.