Businessman fine UGX800,000 for pretending to be an employee of KCCA

By Sania Babirye

City Hall Court has ordered a businessman to pay a fine of 800,000 shillings or failure to do so serves a one year jail sentence for pretending to be a KCCA employee.

Grade one Magistrate Valerian Tuhimbise fined 39 year old Ssewagudde Ismael a resident of Corner Zone, Kawempe Division in Kampala district, after he pleaded guilty to three charges of Impersonating a Public Officer, unlawful possession of government stores and forgery.

Evidence presented by prosecution proved that during the month of February 2020,in the Kampala district, forged a KCCA staff identification card in his name.

He also pleaded guilty to falsely representing himself and others still at large as employees of KCCA Public Health wokers, and went ahead and inspected SASI Agric Factory found in Kazo in Kawempe division, while allegedly reinforcing the COVID-19 operation standards on the 31st of August 2020.

He was also arrested while in possession of five firged KCCA seal bearing the marks applied on the stores under the control of KCCA.

Court ordered that the said forged seals be destroyed by government.

KCCA Councillors trash proposal to name road after Hajji Musa Katongole

By Robert Segawa

KCCA councilors have resolved that a road be named after the late Archbishop for Kampala Dr.Cyprian Kizito Lwanga .
In a matter that has been read by the Speaker Abubaker Kawalya’s speech, he requested that a road be named after Kizito Lwanga ,he said that the late was a staunch advocate of good governance ,speaking out on human right violation and his death was a big loss to the country .

This prompted the Makindye west ll Councillor Allan Atuhaire to propose Nsambya Estate road and Gogonya road since the two roads led to the Uganda Episcopal conference .

However, he proposed Nsambya Estate road since it has Catholic schools ,Catholic church and Catholic hospital something that was seconded by Councillors Moses Mugisha okwera and Alice Among both representing Nakawa 1.

Nsambya Estate road stretches from Total to Nsambya hospital through American Embassy up to KFC kabalagala.

Meanwhile councilors have rejected a proposal tabled by Kyambogo Councillor who is also a deputy speaker Bruhan Byaruhanga who was proposing that a road be named after the former UTODA chairperson Hajji Musa Katongole saying that they don’t see any legacy he left for the people of Kampala.

KCCA in new partnership to manage Kampala’s plastic waste

By Deo Wasswa

Kampala Capital City Authority has signed an MOU with private companies led by Stanbic Bank to promote responsible use and re-cycling of plastic waste as well as sustainable environmental protection.

In the partnership, the three companies including Coca Cola beverages Africa, House of Plastic and Stanbic bank have agreed to support various waste management initiatives in communities and help waste collection centers to increase their capacity to collect, safely dispose and recycle plastic waste.

According to Dorothy Kisaka, the Executive director at Kampala Capital City Authority, “Kampala has continued to receive as many as 3.5 Million on a daily basis which poses a challenge to solid waste management in the city.”

She noted KCCA has identified four key ways on how to make the program successful and these include community awareness, education campaigns to promote plastic reuse, safe waste disposal and job creation along the plastic value chain by establishing plastic centers across Kampala among others.

“As Part of the collaboration, Stanbic Bank will be providing financial and advisory services needed to achieve sustainable waste management,” said Emma Mugisha, executive director and head of corporate investment banking at stanbic bank.

According to Dr. Daniel Okello, the director in charge of public health at KCCA, Kampala generates over 2000 tons of garbage per month of which KCCA manages to collect 60%.

Barbra Mulwana, Executive director of Nice of Plastic, said recycled polyethylene terephthalate is one of the major raw materials that the company use in production process and previous it’s been importing some of it, thus the collaboration will go a long way in solving raw material scarcity and promoting safe environment.`

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.