KCCA planned for remuneration and facilitation of offices of the Speakers and the executive committees with the Authority Speaker supposed to earn 13.8 million Shillings and their deputy 11 million Shilling monthly. They would also be entitled to a personal assistant, a car and a furnished office among other benefits. Division Speakers would earn 9.8 million Shillings and their deputies 7.5 million Shillings monthly.
The speaker of Kampala Capital City
Authority -KCCA Zahra Luyirika Maala, has asked the Authority Executive Director
Dorothy Kisaka to fast track the process of paying salary and other benefits to
the Speakers and deputy speakers at KCCA and the five divisions of Kampala.
Following the 2020 Amendment of the KCCA Act, offices
of the speaker and five-member city executive committees at both City Hall and the
five divisions of Kampala were introduced.
KCCA planned for remuneration and facilitation of offices of the Speakers and the executive committees with the Authority Speaker supposed to earn 13.8 million Shillings and their deputy 11 million Shilling monthly. They would also be entitled to a personal assistant, a car and a furnished office among other benefits.
Division Speakers would earn 9.8 million Shillings and their deputies 7.5 million Shillings monthly.
The three executive secretaries who join the
Lord Mayor and the deputy to form a five-member committee would earn 11 million Shillings monthly while three executive secretaries at the divisions would
earn 7.5 million Shillings monthly.
In December 2020, the then Minister for
Kampala Betty Amongi approved 7,632,500 Shillings for the authority executive
members and 4,925,000 Shillings for division executive members in allowances. However, no approval was made for the speakers’ offices.
During a budget sitting Thursday, the City
executive Secretary for Finance and Administration John Mary Ssebuwufu informed council that KCCA has a budget deficit of 10.225 billion Shillings resulting
from the increase is the number of councilors from 258 to 464 in the whole of
Kampala. He also prayed that section 77 of the KCCA Act be amended to provide for remuneration of speakers and deputy speakers.
It's at this point that haphazard voices
emerged from councilors asking why speakers were not being paid. The speaker,
Luyirika hence asked the Executive Director to explain.
In her response, the
executive director said that they had been constrained by the law but added
that the Minister for Kampala had on 2nd November written to the finance
minister to make a pronouncement on the matter. She says government already
issued a certificate of financial implication which allows the process to be implemented.
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Section 77 of the KCCA Act gives the Minister
for Kampala powers to approve additional allowances to members of council. However,
when allowances for executive secretaries were approved, those of speakers weren’t, on the understanding that speakers are already paid as councilors. Executive secretaries
too are paid councilors but their allowances were approved.
The speaker asked the Executive Director if
the said letter addresses itself to both the salary and other benefits
including a car and she responded in the affirmative.
The speaker asked that the matter is
expedited such that by the end of this November month it is effected.
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Kisaka reiterated that they would prefer to
provide a better working environment for all political leaders and are committed to
fast track the process.
The Deputy Speaker Nasur Masaba narrated how
one of his voters mocked him upon sighting him riding on a Boda Boda to work.
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Mwanje, the Councilors representing Kasubi said the ED has disproved what the City
Executive Committee has long told them that KCCA needs to amend the law to
provide for renumeration for Speakers and their Deputies.
executive secretary for Finance John Mary Ssebuwufu also asked KCCA to fast track
the implementation of the 30 percent salary increment as directed by Kampala
Minister in 2017.
The directive was met partially during the 2017/2018
financial year with a 15 percent salary increment and hence Ssebuwufu demanded
that the rest is implemented too. The ED committed to fast track the issues agreed upon.