Traders accused of assaulting KCCA officer granted bail

By Sania Babirye

City hall grade one magistrate Beatrice Kainza  granted a 200,000U shillings each  cash bail to  Nine traders from Usafi market  who are charged with assaulting KCCA law enforcement officers while on duty this month.

These were charged and remanded to Luzira prison on the 13th of this month after they pleaded not guilty to the offenses.
They have been ordered to return back to court on the 16th of May 2018 as investigations into the case continues.
Prosecution states that on the 13th of this month while at Usafi market the group led by 50year old Peter Simulema threw stones at  law enforcement officer while on duty.

Musisi urges donors to be mindful of locals in areas where refugees have resettled

By Wasswa Deo

The Executive Director of Kampala  Capital City Authority, Jenifer Semakula  Musisi has urged donors who are supporting refugees in Kampala slums to pay attention to problems affecting the locals in the communities where refugees have resettled.

According to Musisi, locals in the communities  have been heard complaining that donors are paying much attention to refugees. The KCCA Executive director therefore is calling upon the donors to be extend help to the locals too.

Jennifer sounded the call  during a meeting with the different donors  that was held to discuss development of the city.

Kampala is currently hosting over 103000 refugee influxes with a bigger percentage from Congo and Somalia of 44% and 21% respectively.

KCCA street naming extending to Rubaga and two other divisions

By Wasswa Deo
The naming of streets and houses by Kampala capital city authority is expected to end by June this year.
Kawujju Peter, the Kampala City Council Authority spokes person says the project being funded by the World Bank. He adds that the exercise has been successfully concluded in Kampala central and Nakawa divisions and will soon head to the other three divisions of Rubaga, Makindye and Kawempe

KCCA still waiting on president’s directive on taxi operators

By Robert Ssegawa
Kampala Capital City Authority says it is waiting for a directive from the president on proposed taxi operators tax for it  start arrangements of how they will start remitting to the authority.
This after the President met taxi drivers and the leadership of Kampala capital city authority and agreed that taxis plying to city centre will be paying shs630000/= annually.
Others plying different towns and cities from Kampala will pay shs 830000/= per year. According to the deputy human resource manager  KCCA Sam Serunkuma it’s the duty of the authority to plan for taxi operations in the city including registration of all taxis and drivers.
The president recently instructed the ministry of works and transport to start registration of all taxis and conduct election of their leaders across the country . He also tasked the ministry  to map  out their routes..

Former KCC employee sues KCCA boss over unpaid salary

By Sania Babirye
The   executive Director of Kampala Capital  City Authority( KCCA)Jennifer Musisi has been summoned by the high court in Kampala on allegations of illegally terminating an employee without paying his 1.9 nillion shillings in  emoluments in 2012.
According to  documents before court Musisi is being sued by a one Patrick Kisoke  a former clerical clerk with the dissolved  KCC.
Kisoke claims that he worked as the Kampala City Council clerical  clerk from 1999 until July 2012 when his services were terminated  by  Kampala Capital City Authority on grounds that his office had been abolished by the new statute.
Kisoke  however is alleging that his termination was irregular because his letter was backdated to read that the defunct  KCC had retired him and therefore he is a stranger to KCCA  yet in actual sense he is sure that the office of the clerical clerk is still in existence.
Kisoke is now accusing the Executive Director of having a personal grudge against him to the extent of even refusing to instruct the public service ministry to process his retirement benefits.
The high court deputy Registra Sarah Langa has now given Musisi and the attorney General 15 days within which to file their defense.

KCCA law enforcers granted bail after being charged with Manslaughter

Four Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA Law Enforcement Officers picked up in connection with the death of Oliver Basemera, a hawker, have appeared in court.

The four appeared on Thursday afternoon before Lillian Bucyana, the Nakawa Chief Magistrate on charges of manslaughter contrary to section 187 and 190 of the Penal Code Act.

They are Tito Kigiro, Eria Waswa, Moses Tebyasa and Farouk Mpima. Ntwiba Kaine, the State Prosecutor told court that on August 4th, 2017 while at Mukwano Round about in Central Division in Kampala District, the four unlawfully caused the death of Oliver Basemera.

She drowned in Nakivubo channel on Friday last week while evading arrest by the KCCA Law enforcement team. The suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges and applied for bail through their KCCA lawyers, Hillary Musimenta and Michael Mukwana.

Mukwana told court that the suspects are first time offenders and have been in Police Cells since Friday. He also told court that the four are KCCA employees and willingly reported to Jinja Road Police Station when they were called to record statements.

Each of the suspects presented three sureties. The state prosecutors raised no objection to the bail application. Lillian Bucyana, the Nakawa Chief Magistrate granted the suspects bail on Shillings 500,000 cash and bonded each of their sureties for  Shillings 3 million not cash. She asked the suspects to return to court on August 21st for mention of their case.

Section 187 of the Penal Code states that “any person who by an unlawful act or omission causes the death of another person commits the felony termed manslaughter”.

The Penal Code Act defines an unlawful omission as “an omission amounting to culpable negligence to discharge a duty tending to the preservation of life or health, whether such omission is or is not accompanied by an intention to cause death or bodily harm.”

Section 190 stipulates that “any person who commits the felony of manslaughter is liable to imprisonment for life.”

 

 

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Trade minister disapproves of KCCA officer’s use of excessive force

By Wasswa Deo

The Minister for Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Amelia Kyambadde has condemned the manner in which KCCA enforcement officers handle street vendors especially women, saying excessive force is uncalled for.

This follows the death of a one Olivia Basemera on Friday August 5th as she tried to escape from KCCA enforcement officers.

38 year old Basemera who was vending handkerchiefs reportedly jumped into the Nakivubo channel in a desperate attempt to escape and ended up losing her life.

In a statement released by Kyambadde, she regrets the death of Basemera saying such mistreatment and brutal arrests of street vendors by KCCA enforcement officers should come to a stop.

“Though the street vendors operate illegally, as human beings and fellow Ugandans, they deserve fair treatment especially the women majority of whom are single mothers fending  for their children in this era of high unemployment in Uganda”, exclaimed Kyambadde.

Centenary park no more, buildings are being demolished

The much anticipated demolition of structures at Centenary Park in Kampala is underway.

The demolition comes days after a directive by parliaments committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises-COSASE to pave way for the construction of a booster pumping station by National Water and Sewerage Corporation-NWSC.

The work is part of a bigger project which includes an interconnection with the low level system in Nakasero, laying a new 5km transmission line from Centenary Park to Naguru Reservoir and installation of a booster station at Centenary Park.

The booster station is expected to add 6 million liters of water per day to the Naguru Reservoir and boost supply to parts of Ntinda, Bukoto, Kisaasi, Kulambiro, Najjera, Kyanja, Kungu and Buwate, all suburbs of Kampala.

Tenants at the park are racing against time to clear properties from the structures in the presence of a team of police personnel and SOGEA contractors, the company implementing the project on behalf of National Water.

Four popular restaurants were this morning razed, according to our reporter on the site. They include Choma, Blue Africa bar, Best Chinese Restaurant and Indian Restaurant.

 

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KCCA Councillors move motion to name a city road after late Sebaana

By Robert Segawa
The KCCA council has passed a motion to have Nakivubo place road named after former mayor John Ssebaana Kizito.
During an extra ordinary  sitting to commemorate his life, the KCCA council led by the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago resolved that the road be named after him for his services to the city.
The council highlighted his efforts that led to the construction of Nakivubo channel where the road partly passes.
The road runs from Entebbe road roundabout (near Usafi Market) via Container village and stop at the junction to Namirembe road.
Ssebaana died of stroke in Monday and will be laid to rest on Saturday.

KCCA to enforce tax collection on city residential houses

Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA wants owners of private residential houses in the city to resume paying property tax. Jennifer Musisi, The KCCA Executive Director, says the property tax waiver on private residential houses costs the Authority over US$ 1.3 million dollars annually.
According to Musisi, almost all the owners of houses in upscale parts of the city are not paying property tax, claiming they occupy them. Musisi says owners of multiple houses in the City avoid paying the property rates by claiming that they reside in the houses yet they rent them out. Previously, almost all the owners of the residential houses use to pay property rates.
However, during the 2006 presidential election campaigns President Yoweri Museveni, said those staying in the houses should be exempted. As a result, the Local Government Act was amended to cater for exemption.
The Local Government Act 2005 and its amendments of 2006 also exempts official residence of the President, a traditional or cultural leader and property used exclusively for public worship, and residences of a religious leader from property tax.
KCCA with funding from World Bank has embarked on automation of property rates management targeting to register over 250,000 properties from the 120,000 properties registered. The Authority expects to collect seventeen million dollars annually from property rates.
Musisi says the Authority also plans to carry out a fresh valuation exercise in the city, saying the last valuation was carried out ten years ago. She says many of the newly constructed malls and houses are not paying the property rates because they have not been valued.
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