By Robert Segawa
The Kampala lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has threatened to mobilize the residents in protest against the amendment the re-tabled Kampala Capital City Authority bill 2015 which he says doesn’t only de-franchise peoples’ power but also restrains and scraps off the mayoral powers.
While addressing the media at city hall, Lukwago says that the cabinet has been given 45 days to finalize everything that regards the bill. Lord Mayor and his team are going to use the same period to join with other Kampala people to meet and sensitize Kampala residents.
Lukwago adds that on addition to defiantly using residents; they are to use legal avenues to file a petition seeking for a redress over violation of article 1 which democratically gives people power.
Lord Mayor however challenges the minister for Kampala Betty Kamya to front referendum if she believes in power of the people over the councilors selecting devise and authority lord mayors like the new amendment proposals instead of hoodwinking Ugandans.
He attacks minister Kamya for failure to table the authority budget increment which has deterred development especially infrastructure and garbage problem leading to poor sanitation in the city and the Kitezi dumping area over flood. Lukwago adds that she is just being used president Museveni.
By Sania Babirye
Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago drags Kampala Minister Beti Tirwomwe Kamya, the Executive Director Kampala Capital City Authority Jennifer Musisi, Attorney General and KCCA to the Higjcourt seeking orders compelling them to release his accumulated emoluments and salary arrears.
Lukwago is demanding for a total sum for 563.4million shillings for 30 months from the period December2013 to May/2016. Lukwago also wants court to declare the conduct of the respondents in continuing to freeze his emoluments without justification, as improper in law, and further orders be made to pay him damages for the psychological torture, mental anguish and emotion stress he has suffered.
The matter has been allocated to Justice Patricia Basaza Wasswa. Lukwago was elected Kampala Lord Mayor on 14th /March/2011 and took oath of Office on 20/May/2011, diligently executed his obligations amidst challenges, until May/2013 when some Authority Councilors, together with then Minister for Kampala, Frank Tumwebaze, commenced impeachment proceedings against him. Lukwago was impeached on grounds of alleged incompetence, abuse of office and misconduct.
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By Wasswa Deo
Kampala city lord mayor Elias Lukwago has held consultative meeting with traders operating in USAFI market to hear issues that are affecting them.
Lukwago pledges to help them compile a detailed report that Kampala Capital City Authority will present to the parliament.
The key challenges mentioned include, the question of over 20billion Uganda shillings outstanding balance of purchase price of the market by KCCA from the owner Umar Ssekamate, of 7500 people who registered and paid for spaces and stalls in market only 2840 were catered for, leaving a balance of 4660 traders outside the arrangement.
The consultation meeting followed, the Presidential Affairs Committee of Parliament summoning the Kampala leadership including the Executive Director Kampala Capital City Authority -KCCA, the Lord Mayor and Minister of Kampala over the pending payments of USAFI Market.
The core issue is on investigating and examining the modalities surrounding the purchase of USAFI Market, where it emerged recently that some members have been forcefully pushed out and stopped from carrying on business from the premises.
Kampala Lord mayor Elias Lukwago has appointed Sarah Kanyike DP as a deputy mayor 2016 to 2021.
Hajjati Sarah Kanyike has been Lord councillor Makindye East for the last five years.
Kanyike was seconded by NRM lord councillor for Kyambogo University Byaruhanga, Daudi Lwanga FDC councillor for Kamwokya and Okello Kenedy representing Nakawa 2 FDC and Ssegirinya Mohamed of Kawempe also of the FDC party.
While speaking , Sarah Kanyike asked the KCCA technical wing led by the executive director Jenifer Musisi to work harmoniously with the political wing led by Lukwago so as to provide better services to the people of Kampala.
Kanyike said that in the previous election, the people of Kampala indicated it clearly that they want KCCA to work and uplift the city standard other than leaders constantly fighting.
Kampala city Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has asked the Government to investigate and take measures against the activities of the Kampala Capital City Authority .
This follows the Monday’s incident in which a five storied building at Makerere hill road collapsed leaving four people dead, scores injured and several others missing.
The dead so far have been identified as Kyobe Rashid, Bukenya Isaac, Kitumba Emmanuel,and one unidentified person.
Eyewitnesses say that there were warning signs that the building was collapsing that people asked those inside to evacuate. Some did while others were trapped in trying to save their belongings.
The rescue operation is still ongoing and is being led by chief fire officer Joseph Mugisha.
Amidst the scandal , City Lord mayor Erias Lukwago has blamed police for being slow in the rescue operation. Lukwago said KCCA was to blame for issuing an operational license without cross checking if the building was safe.
Kampala Capital City Authority has re opened the office of elected Lord Mayor after closing it for four years. The office was reopened after aides of elected city lord mayor Sarah Kanyike and Deo Mbabazi went to City Hall to ask the office of executive director to reopen this office and asses its situation.
Upon opening the office by the KCCA Human Resource manager Richard Lule, the aides to Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, found that the mayoral seat was removed and taken to the an open space in chamber corridors. However Peter Kawuju the Kampala capital city authority spokes person said they will be repairing the office very soon to ensure that the office will be ready for use after swearing of the lord mayor scheduled to be held from the 20th to the 26th May.