Lukwago Wants Minister Kamya Sanctioned

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Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has said he wants to limit the operations of Minister Beti Kamya stating that she has gone out of order. He says Kamya has taken over ceremonial functions at KCCA, representing and promoting of city business, which is meant to be done by the Lord Mayor.

Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has said he wants to limit the operations of Minister Beti Kamya stating that she has gone out of order.

According Lukwago, Kamya, the Minister for Kampala, is governing Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) by decree as she has issued proclamations, directives to taxi and boda cyclist and taking charge of the Lord Mayor's position as political head of the authority.

Lukwago also faults Kamya for reportedly using the institution of KCCA as a campaign tool for Kisanja Hakuna Mchezo, a political slogan used by the ruling NRM party. Lukwago says Kamya has failed to put in place Kampala Public Accounts Committee and Metropolitan physical planning authority which should have helped in enhancing work at KCCA.

He says the process and measures that are being taken to bring her to order are already ongoing, adding that he will call for a business meeting of KCCA and table out his proposals on calling the minister to order.

Lukwago says a special sitting of KCCA Council will discuss the troubles caused by Kamya. 

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When asked under what law he will be sanctioning the minister, Lukwago stated that they will use the KCCA Act 2010 which defines the role of the minister, role of the Authority and that of the Mayor. He says Kamya is operating against her role of supervising the Authority and that the prerogative power she enjoys on rescinding decisions is not in conformity with the constitution and national policy.

He says Kamya has taken over ceremonial functions at KCCA, representing and promoting of city business, which is meant to be done by the Lord Mayor.

Minister Kamya has not commented on this story as several calls to her phone went unanswered.

The two offices of the Lord Mayor and that of the Minister for Kampala have been in conflict over the interpretation of the KCCA Act.

Although Lukwago claims the ministers are overstepping their boundaries, the ministers say they are working in accordance to the law.

Section 79 of the KCCA Act gives the Minister powers to vary or rescind any decision of KCCA which is in contravention of any law or Government policy. The minister can also institute a Commission of inquiry to inquire into a matter, receive and take appropriate action on reports submitted by the Mayor, executive director or a commission of inquiry. The law also empowers the minister to appoint and remove members of the Metropolitan Authority and to oversee the performance of the Authority and make an annual report to Parliament.

 

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“Journalism that changes lives is my goal,” Alex Otto has said on more than one occasion. That is his career’s guiding principle. Has been since he was a radio journalist in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu in 2009.

Otto passionately believes his journalism should bring to the fore the voices of the voiceless like the shooting victims of Apaa. Otto tries in his journalism to ask tough questions to those in positions of authority.

Based in the Kampala bureau, Otto is especially interested in covering agriculture, politics, education, human rights, crime, environment and business. He has reported intensively on the post-conflict situation in northern Uganda.

A URN staff member since 2014, Otto previously worked with The Observer Newspaper from 2012 to 2013 and later the Institute for War and Peace Reporting IWPR based in Gulu.

He was the URN Gulu bureau chief 2014-2016.