The Kampala Minister, Betty Amongi, says the Act gives her ministry powers to coordinate planning activities with other Ministries like that of Works and transport, Ministry of Lands and that of Local Government but not to plan for Kampala as people seem to understand it.
The Kampala Minister, Betty Amongi has
dismissed claims that some clauses were smuggled into the Kampala Capital City
Authority-KCCA Amendment Act after its approval by parliament.
In August 2019, Parliament passed the KCCA amendment bill. It was assented to by the President in
November and gazzetted in January 2020. Last month, the Shadow Minister
for Kampala, Betty Nambooze petitioned the speaker of Parliament, claiming that
the law bares provisions that were never approved by parliament.
She cited the Metropolitan Physical Planning Authority which
will be headed by the Minister and the Metropolitan Police specifically under
KCCA. A section of councilors and the KCCA Lord Mayor
Erias Lukwago also sought the intervention of the speaker this on the concerns
raised by Nambooze.
The Kampala Minister, Betty Amongi, says the
Act gives her ministry powers to coordinate planning activities with other
Ministries like that of Works and transport, Ministry of Lands and that of
Local Government but not to plan for Kampala as people seem to understand it.
Amongi says she was part of a subcommittee of Parliament that
discussed the issue before it was addressed in plenary. She say that some members
of Parliament had raised concern, saying there was no need to have KCCA plan
independently when there are ministries doing so.
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Amongi also added that KCCA will continue implementing the
ammended Act. The Authority has been holding workshops sensitising management
and the political leadership of KCCA on the act amidst resistance from some
political leaders who declined to shun the sessions demanding the clauses be
Amongi says that no one can stop the
implementation of the law already gazzetted, saying those with concern should raise
them in courts of law.
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Amongi says they are now planning to hold the elections of
the Speaker and deputy speaker who are provided for in the amended act to chair
council meetings at City Hall. This will also see the election of speakers for
the five divisions of Kampala.
Peter Kaujju, the KCCA Spokesperson, says that
they have been advised by the Attorney General that no council sitting should
take place until speakers are elected to execute their mandate.
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KCCA needs about Shillings 8 billion to implement the
amendments. KCCA has since submitted a supplementary budget for the monies, which
is yet to be approved.