Teachers Sue KCCA Over Council Representation

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Teachers in Kampala have sued Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) for excluding their representation as councillors to the council like other professional bodies.

Teachers in Kampala have dragged Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to court for excluding their representation as councilors to the council like other professional bodies.
In their petition their filed before the Constitutional Court on October 24, the teachers, under their umbrella organization Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU), contend that KCCA has discriminated against their colleagues employed by KCCA from being represented like other professional bodies to the council, a move they say contradicts the constitution.
The teachers say the provisions of section 6 (1) (g) of the KCCA Act are inconsistent with the constitution for being discriminatory contrary to Article 21 (1) and (2) of the constitution.
The teachers further in their petition accuse KCCA of excluding them from the scale upon which other permanent employees of the city Authority are paid their salaries and allowances, a move they say is inconsistent with the Article 21 (1) and 2 of the constitution.
James Tweheyo, the General Secretary of UNATU, claims in his affidavit to support the petition that the teachers in the employment of KCCA are paid far less salaries and allowances than other employees of the authority whereas all employees do equal work. This, he says breaches article 21 (1) and (2) of the constitution.
Section 6 (1) (g) of the KCCA Act provides for representation of professional bodies to the KCCA council. These bodies include; Uganda Institute of Professional Engineers, Uganda Society of Architects, Uganda Medical Association and the Uganda Law Society.
But Tweheyo claims the KCCA Act does not provide for representation of UNATU to the council, which is also a professional body with members working in or under the KCCA.
On the contrary, KCCA Executive Director Jennifer Semakula Musisi in her defense claims that KCCA is a planning and controlling authority. While responding to the issue of variances in salary scales of teachers and other professions also employed by KCCA, Musisi states that KCCA just supervises teachers posted to teach in government and grant-aided schools but the terms and conditions of their service are set by the Education Service Commission.
Court is yet to set a hearing date.
This petition comes at the time when the Electoral Commission (EC) is organizing elections of councillors to represent the four professional bodies to the council, a move aimed at making the council fully constituted.
Recently, the High Court in Kampala ruled that KCCA can’t kick out Kampala Lord Mayor Elias Lukwago in case the tribunal investigating him finds him guilty of alleged incompetence unless the council is fully constituted with the four professional bodies being represented.