Lukwago, Namugwanya disagree on KCCA noise pollution rules

By Alice Lubwama

Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has appealed to Government not to reduce the budget of Kampala Capital City Authority for the next financial year 2020/ 2021, because this will affect the implementation of projects in the city.

Addressing the media this morning at city hall Lukwago said that he has received information regarding the cutting of the budget for KCCA from 520 billion to 406 billion, leaving a short fall of 114 billion shillings.

In the same meeting ,Lukwago also accused the state minister for Kampala affairs Benny Namugwanya of interfering in the politics of Kampala by directing places where candidates should put their fliers, billboard and posters.

Lukwago says it is not also right for the minister to talk about noise pollution at the time of elections when the politicians are supposed to make much noise as possible.

“This is the time politicians should be heard by their electorates.the season for noise making, so you can’t talk about noise pollution ,” Lukwago said.

Last week Namugwanya warned candidates and their supporters against placing posters in ungazzetted places and making campaign drives in the city before they get clearance from KCCA .

However Lukwago said that Namugwanya is just a politician like him whose role is not to regulate campaigns and should leave this to the electoral commission which is mandated to do so by the constitution.

Centenary park finally handed over to UNRA

By Robert Segawa

Kampala Capital City Authority has this morning handed over part of the centenary park land to the Uganda National Roads Authority for construction of the Jinja express way.

The businesses in the park were being managed by Nalongo estate that owned by Sarah Kizito a wife to former LC 3 chairman Kampala central Godfrey Nyakana.

Dorothy Kisaka the KCCA Executive director during hand over said that they have agreed with with Kizito to handover 2.5 hectares of land so as to pave way for clearance of all structures that are housed on these grounds by different business.

Kizito said that in exchange the government has agreed to renew her lease for 2.5 hectares that were previously part of the park.

Kisaka has now asked Kampala metropolitan police Commander Moses Kafeero to deploy adequately to ensure that the demolition of structure is done peacefully.

KCCA engineer faces jail over theft

A civil engineer attached to Mayor KCCA in Rubaga division, Godfrey Nabunyumya Buswiriri has been arraigned before Kampala city hall court and charged with theft of 220,000shillings from a vendor.

He has appeared before a grade one magistrate Valerian Tuhimbise and denied two counts of theft and false assumption of authority.

Prosecution contends that the accused on 10th August 2020 at Kabakanjagala road KCCA Rubaga division offices stole money worth 220,000shillings the property of Enock Lugobe.

Prosecution further states that Nabunyumya on the same date at Rubaga KCCA offices without authority assumed to act as a person having authority by law to do an act of a public nature which can only be done by persons authorized by law to do so, that is to say arresting illegal vendors.

Man sent to jail over forgery of KCCA identity card

By Sania Babirye

A business man in Nabweru, Wakiso district who allegedly forged a KCCA identity card has been sent on remand .

The suspect Jamir Ssimbwa has appeared before city hall court grade one magistrate Fatuma Nabirye who charged him with forgery and impersonation.

He has however denied the offenses and has been remanded to Sentema prison until the 2nd of September for mention of the case.

Prosecution states that on the 10th of December 2019 at Kawempe, Ssimbwa forged staff identity card purporting to have been signed and issued by the issuing Authority to Kampala Capital City Authority whereas not.

Prosecution adds that the accused and others who are still on the run on July 10th 2020 at Kawempe in Kampala falsely represented themselves to be persons employed in the public office as health workers which was not true.

KCCA, arcade owner’s meeting with trade minister changes traders’ plot

By Robert Segawa

Traders under Kampala City Traders Association ( KACITA) have asked members operating in city arcades to close the shops.

The association through their spokesman Isa Ssekito had earlier called in traders to open their shops today after the three days ultimatum expired.

The association secretary general Thadius Musoke says the development comes after the minister of trade Amelia Kyambadde called for an urgent meeting with KCCA leadership, arcade owners and traders’ leadership this afternoon to discuss away forward without defying presidential directives to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Meanwhile police this morning had a scuffle with some traders who insisted and opened their shops in the various arcades.

Patrick Onyango Kampala metropolitan police spokesman says traders who have opened their shops were and are doing so illegally.

KCCA elections to be held on Thursday

By Robert Segawa

Kampala Capital City Authority has set 5th March as the election date for the post of speaker and his Deputy. This comes after the president Museveni signed the new KCCA act of 2020 in November 2019.

Addressing journalists at the Media center the minister for Kampala metropolitan affairs Betty Among said the five divisions of Kampala will also hold the elections on same date at their division headquarters.

According to the set guidelines for the poll, only the Lord Mayor, his deputy, division mayor’s, executive director, town clerk , RCC , division mayor’s chief magistrate and journalists will be allowed to access the voting area.

She further adds that mobile phones and other recording devices have been prohibited to from voting exercise.

Three people have so far shown interest in the race among them FDC Doreen Nyanjura, Abubaker Kawalya, and NRM Bruhan Byaruhanga.

KCCA seeks UGX 8 billion to finance a supplementary budget

By Robert Segawa

Kampala Capital City Authority has asked Parliament to approve a supplementary budget of over 8 billion to cater for the office of the speaker.

The Kampala amendment act created the position of the speaker and his deputy to preside over KCCA council meetings.

Appearing before the council on Tuesday, the authority acting executive director Eng Andrew Kitaka said the current proposed budget can not cater for above positions.

He further revealed that the speaker will be earning a monthly salary of 13 million shillings and his deputy will be earning 11 million shillings without allowances.

KCCA is expected to present their budget frame work paper today in Parliament.

KCCA demands for more garbage collection trucks

By Deo Wasswa
The Kampala capital city authority has failed to agree with policy directive made by the cabinet in regard to garbage collection in communities.

According to the cabinet decision, KCCA is supposed to collect garbag in slum areas at no cost and only charge residents in high end areas.

Due to inadequate capacity by KCCA to collect garbage, it always subcontracts the Concessionaires to collect garbage in some communities with some charges.

Apparently KCCA’s capacity can only enable them to collect only 50% of the garbage in communities.

Speaking during the council meeting today, the acting executive director at KCCA, Engineer Kitaka Andrew has noted that before implementing the cabinet decision as KCCA will first go on ground and do an assessment to see who is capable and not capable of paying for garbage because they are also rich people who reside in slum areas.

Kitaka has also observed the need to increase budget so as to attain more garbage tracks to improve on garbage collection in the city.

Apparently KCCA has only 25 tracks that collect garbage in the 5 divisions that makes up Kampala

KCCA to imprison parents forcing their children unto streets

By Moses Kidandi
Kampala Capital City Authority has embarked on a man hunt and prosecution of parents and individuals who nurture young children into street begging,consuming weed and sniffing fuel among other habits.

The tough exercise involves prosecution and imprisonment of the perpetrators.

This was disclosed by the deputy director in charge of children at Kampala Capital City Authority Josephine Lubwama as street children selected from 5 Primary and 4 Secondary schools within Kampala, including children with disabilities converged at sharing youth center Nsambya to participate and attend the children’s parliament.

The children’s parliament is an event organized by dwelling places a Christian NGO helping to provide holistic care services to street-connected children, high-risk slum families and abandoned babies is aimed at giving 100 girls and young women a platform to lobby for policy change on issues affecting them.

This includes survivors of child trafficking and street connectedness, sharing the pull and push factors to give a clear perspective to the decision makers.

Josephine Lubwama says as KCCA they are hunting down perpetrators in order to reduce the cases of child trafficking into the city.

Ragga Dee misses hearing of his case

By Sania Babirye

State is today expected to inform city hall court on whether or not they will continue with a noise pollution case against local Musician Daniel Kazibwe also known as Ragga Dee.

On the 1st of April, the case had come up for mention at city hall court to allow Ragee to take plea but as usual he was no where to be seen in the court room.

Ragge Dee as usual decided to come to court but stayed outside the courtroom chatting with his Juma Seiko as the case was called for mention.

This prompted KCCA prosecutor Elijah Ndamuran to inform grade one magistrate Patrick Talisuna that they want an adjournment of two weeks to allow them to go through the file to see if they can continue with case or drop it.

The Magistrate then adjourned the case to today and issued a third criminal summon against Ragga Dee.

On the 15th of February, Ragga Dee again missed the mention of his case despite arriving in court early.

He is needed to answer to charges related to emitting noise beyond permissible levels in his Kololo Big Mikes Bar which he co-owns with Maj Juma Seiko .

However, Ragga Dee instead of sitting in court to wait for his case, rather decided to spend all his time outside the courtroom talking to the media.

And as a result, the magistrate called his case and later adjourned it to today and also extended more criminal summons to Ragga Dee and his co accused a one Rita Nancy who is the manager of the bar.

His lawyer David Mushabe that day informed court that Ragga Dee was in talks with KCCA to have the matter settled out of court.

On the 4th of February, criminal summons were issued against Ragga Dee to answer to charges in relation to failure to comply with an improvement noise and breaking council property [seals].

Prosecution states that, Danial Kazibwe and Ritah Nancy on the 29th of February 2019 at Kololo Central division in Kampala did play music equipment emitting noise above the National permissible levels under the National environment noise standards and level regulations 2003.

On the 23rd of February, Kampala Capital City Authority closed Ragga Dee’s Bar over noise pollution, Flouting public health regulations and operating without a license.

According to KCCA the closure was part of their crackdown on places emitting noise pollution including places of worship and bars.

KCCA says such noise disturbs the peace of the neighbors.

Ragga Dee’s summon comes after some residents in the area dragged a total of Seven bars including Big Mikes bar to court over Noise pollution.

These also sued KCCA and NEMA of failing to regulate such noise coming from the said bars.

These had claimed that apart from the too much noise being emitted by such bars through music concerts and parties that goes late into the night, some of these bars had big screens and flood lights that penetrates in to their homes thereby disturbing their peace and comfort which they wanted court to stop.

However, Ragga Dee claimed that Banyima’s name was just being used for political purposes because her bar H20 was among those not sued.

While speaking to the media after his bar closure, Ragga Dee accused KCCA of double standards claiming that he had dully paid all his taxes to KCCA and that his bar was the only one being targeted yet other bars near him and emits more noise have never been closed.

Ragga Dee who also affiliates to the NRM ruling party and was the party flag bearer for the seat of Kampala Lord Mayor in the concluded 2016 General elections against incumbent Erias Lukwago, also accused KCCA of leaving many people unemployed since his bar employees more people whom he claims that would be affected with such closures.

He accussed KCCA officias of being corrupt claiming that many officials receaive bribes from especially foreign rival business owners to take other businesses mainly owned by locals down to push then out of business.

Ragee Dee also claimed that KCCA does not measure noise coming from bars but only suplies a document indicating that there is noise pollution.

He said that in December last year, he paid KCCA the license fee and has receipts including license fee for bar, pool table, restraunt, guest house and club and that if his business was found lacking in anyway, then it should have been denied the license or if it fulfilled all the required standards, then he should have been cleared and given a license

He however says that although KCCA did inspect the bar, he was never given any of the above.

He says that it would have been better if KCCA would take that energy used to close bars to close those places engaging in harmful health activities like those selling the banned smoking substances like Shisha than targeting those that comply to the set regulations especially his bar that has been in existence for the past 18 years.

He described the move to close bars as a bad economic move since such bars contribute to reducing unemployment in country by giving jobs to many Ugandans more especially the youths who are the majority population and unemployed .