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Minister Kamya Declares Ntege’s Termination Unlawful :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Minister Kamya Declares Ntege’s Termination Unlawful

Now, in her letter to Lukwago, Kamya argues that a District Executive Committee as constituted under the Local Government Act that would have recommended the re-appointment of Ntege doesn’t exist under KCCA.
17 Sep 2019 16:59

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The Kampala Minister, Beti Olive Kamya has described the termination of the contract of Farouq Ntege, a member of the Kampala District Land Board as unlawful.  

This is contained in a September 6th letter by Kamya addressed to Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago. On August 12th, 2019, Lukwago wrote to Ntege asking him to reapply for appointment to Kampala District Land Board within two weeks or his position be declared vacant. 

It came after the KCCA council noted that Ntege was appointed to the board without any council minute or instrument recommending him. Ntege was appointed to the Board on February 4th 2016 by the former Presidency and KCCA Minister, Frank Tumwebaze.

While declaring Ntege’s appointment illegal, the Lukwago-led council referred to section 17 of the Local Government Act that among others provides that the district executive committee shall recommend to the council persons to be appointed members of the District Land Board.  

These are then considered for appointment by the Minister. The council noted that while other members were recommended by the executive at the division level, Ntege wasn’t which made his appointment irregular and recommended that he re-applies.

Consequently, Ntege petitioned Kamya challenging the move by the KCCA council. Now, in her letter to Lukwago, Kamya argues that a District Executive Committee as constituted under the Local Government Act that would have recommended the re-appointment of Ntege doesn’t exist under KCCA.

“This is to therefore advise that the petitioner was lawfully re-appointed into office and any action to remove him from office will be highly irregular and unlawful,” reads the letter in part. Kamya argues that since there is no executive committee under KCCA, the then Minister duly executed his powers by appointing Ntege. 

There is an on-going case where Ntege sued the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago for illegally terminating his contract. Ntege also secured a temporary injunction from high court stopping his termination. The constitution of Uganda confers a special status upon Kampala as the Capital City of Uganda that is supposed to be administered by the central government. 

However, section 5 of the KCCA Act provides that any enactment that applies to a district shall subject to this Act and with the necessary modifications apply to the Authority (KCCA).      

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