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KCCA Amendment Bill 2019 Draws Mixed Reactions from Councillors :: Uganda Radionetwork
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KCCA Amendment Bill 2019 Draws Mixed Reactions from Councillors

Moses Mugisha Okwera, the Nakawa 1 councilor doesn’t have hope in the amendments. He says the laws are not the challenge of this country but rather poor leadership from the top. He specifically says Ugandans have a better chance to proper solutions when the leadership of this country is changed.

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The newly approved KCCA Amendment Bill 2019 has drawn mixed reactions from councilors. Parliament passed the KCCA amendment bill on Thursday this week after years of debate. The bill was tabled in 2015 with the aim of addressing the leadership challenges in Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA.

Major controversy and debate stemmed from provisions that defined powers of the Lord Mayor and the office of the Kampala Minister following a power struggle between the two. URN spoke to some KCCA councilors about the approved KCCA Amendment Bill 2019. 

While some say the amendments are long overdue and celebrate them, others think this cannot solve KCCA's challenges. Bruhan Byaruhanga, the Kyambogo Councilor told URN in a phone interview that the decision to introduce the position of a Speaker will promote more meaningful and non-biased debates during council sittings. 

The Amendment introduces the position of speaker both the Division and KCCA level. This means the powers to preside over council meetings are vested in the Speakers not the Lord Mayor and Division Lord Mayors as it has been. 

Byaruhanga thinks a Speaker is likely to have an independent mind while presiding over council meetings compared to the Mayors. Mayors, he says have political interests and always stress that they are accountable to their voters electorate as opposed to the council.

 

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Zamiin Musange, Kawempe Division LC V Councilor is also happy about the amendments especially in regards to the definition and specification of the powers, roles and responsibilities of key players. 

The amendment stipulates that the Lord Mayor has executive powers while the Minister in charge of Kampala has the powers to coordinate physical planning activities.  The bill also introduces a four member executive committee that shall monitor the day-to-day operations of the council and report to the Lord Mayor. This means that the Lord Mayor will have an extra monitoring eye at KCCA. 

Councilor Zamiin says that the definition of the powers of the Minister and those of the Lord Mayor gives hope that the bickering between the two offices shall stop. The two have in the past accused each other of overstepping their mandate, under-performing and disrespecting each other's offices.

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Moses Mugisha Okwera, the Nakawa 1 councilor doesn’t have hope in the amendments. He says the laws are not the challenge of this country but rather poor leadership from the top. He specifically says Ugandans have a better chance to proper solutions when the leadership of this country is changed. 

Okwera notes that the currently leadership under President, Yoweri Museveni is up to no good and no changes in the law can solve Kampala and Uganda's  problems.

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Ismail Damba, the Lubaga South Youth Councilor also celebrates the approval of the bill, saying It has returned power to the people and empowered the office of the Lord Mayor.  Parliament rejected a proposal to have the Lord Mayor elected by the council other Kampala voters.

Damba adds that with the introduction of an executive committee that works under the Lord Mayor, the monitoring role of the office of the Lord Mayor is boosted. However, he says that this cannot solve the bickering in KCCA for as long as those in power still possess selfish interests.

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