Amend KCCA Act To Stop Leadership Wrangles - Beti Kamya

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Beti Kamya, Minister in charge of KCCA Affairs notes that the law in its current form does not provide for separation of functions between the council as the legislature and the Executive on the other hand.

The Minister in charge of Kampala Beti Kamya says Cabinet will soon discuss amendments to the capital city authority (KCCA) law.

Kamya says the amendment to the KCCA Act 2010 seeks to clearly outline the roles of the political and technical wing of the authority.
 
The minister notes that the law in its current form does not provide for separation of functions between the council as the legislature and the Executive on the other hand.
 
She says the proposals, which will be tabled before Cabinet later this month, will help to, among other issues, streamline the operations at KCCA and avoid friction.
 
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Kamya's revelation comes a day after she clashed with Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago before Parliament's Presidential Affairs committee over their roles and powers at KCCA. 
While Lukwago, who is the political head of KCCA, wants the minister to consult the council first before making policy decisions in Parliament, Kamya disagrees, saying she is not answerable to the council.
 
She says her powers are derived from Section 79 (2) of the KCCA Act to give directives on policy and general development of the Capital City, and the Authority shall comply with the directives.
 
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However, Lukwago told URN that this is not the first time that amendments to the Act are being fronted.
 
He insists that the roles of the leaders are clearly defined in the Act and should be implemented to avoid clashes.
 
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KCCA has been embroiled in battles since it was instituted in 2010. Lukwago's woes in office were heightened by his impeachment by KCCA councillors in 2013, leading to several court battles that kept him out of office until 2016.

In December 2015, government tabled amendments to the KCCA, to change the mode of election of Lord Mayor from adult suffrage to election by councillors. This was however rejected.

 

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Olive Eyotaru
Olive Eyotaru is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Eyotaru has been a URN staff member since February 2015.

Eyotaru started practising journalism while still studying at Uganda Christian University. She was a reporter with Ultimate Media Consult Ltd between 2005 and 2007.

In 2009, Eyotaru joined Monitor Publications Limited, under KFM Radio as a parliamentary and business reporter. Consequently, Eyotaru started writing for the Daily Monitor newspaper until January 2015, when she moved to URN.

She is interested in reporting about politics, health, human rights, business and sports.