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.

Lukwago nominated for Kampala mayorship seat

By Robert Segawa

The opposition Forum for Democratic Change ( FDC ) has this morning nominated Lord Mayor Elias Lukwago as a party flag bearer for the position of mayorship in the forth coming election.

This morning Lord Mayor Lukwago picked forms expressing interest in standing for Lord Mayor seat for the third time.

According to Boniface Bamwenda the party’s electoral commission boss, Lukwago has fulfilled all the requirements set by the party to be their flag bearer come 2021 election.

This morning, at headquarters in Najjanakumbi the party opened the nomination exercise for the position of Lord Mayor calling upon those who are interested to show up for the exercise before the closing date.

Meanwhile police have heavily deployed at FDC party headquarters which the PRO Kampala Metropolitan ASP Luke Owoyesigyire says has been done to deter any acts of crime that may arise .

Lukwago says Amongi should consult division mayors on planned changes in the city

By Robert Segawa

Kampala Lord Mayor Elias Lukwago rejects plan by Minister of Kampala affairs Betty Amongi to reduce the number of taxis and Bodaboda riders who will operate in the central business district of Kampala.

Government plans to enforce this move after the Covid-19 lock down. This will see all taxi and boda boda operators work outside the city center until all of them register with Ministry of Works and Transport in the stipulated 42 days.
Lord Mayor says the move is unfair and has not been brought up for consultation.

He insists that the plans should include all five division Mayors,Lord councilors, taxi and boda boda leaders as well as for a better plan rather than ambushing them because because of the lock down opportunity.

Mayor Lukwago blames City Hall break-in on insiders

By Robert Segawa

Kampala Lord mayor Elias Lukwago has tasked the acting executive director Kampala Capital City Authority to explain the three break ins at City Hall.

On 11th June, five computers were stolen, on 9th August, seven computers were still vandalized with aim of destroying vital information.

In today’s council meeting the acting Executive director Engineer Andrew Kitaka clarified that Investigations on the three incidents were handled by Kampala metropolitan police. The six authority employees and police officers who were on duty on the respective days are now under interrogation.

However, Lord mayor Elias Lukwago insisted that the breaking is done by insider’s, the motion was supported by the Lord councilors Doreen Nyanjura, Bruhan Byaruhanga, and Moses Okwera among others.

Mayor Lukwago calls for modernizing of Kampala City

By Moses Kidandi
The Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has called upon all stakeholders to strive to have Kampala as a Smart City of the 21st Century.

Lukwago said this while he was giving closing remarks at the _Kampala Roads Rehabilitation Project meeting with stakeholders at Hotel Africa this afternoon. He said we need to modify the way we design projects in order to maximize the benefits to the community.

Under this project, KCCA specifically targets to reconstruct and improve *46km and associated drainage* together with *Signalizing 22 junctions.*

He said the infrastructure and investments must respond to the needs on the ground and this is what he has always strives for. He said its valuable in guiding the design of these projects so that they benefit the communities m.

He appreciated the African Development Bank for supporting this project and prayed that implementation can be expedited.

He said road infrastructure improvements, upgrade and junction signalization has been a long walk but it has finally been realized.

He concluded that he is passionate about the Kampala Multi model Transport Plan and he looks forward to have a metro to ease transport in the city.

Lukwago re-echoes need to amend 1942 market law

By Moses Kidandi

Kampala mayor Erias Lukwago has reiterated the urgent need to pass the Kampala City Market Ordinance and urged parliament to amend the 1942 Market Law.

The proposed amendment of the market law is before council is aimed at streamlining the law enforcement system and management of Boda boda operations in city.

The mayors remarks follow a meeting with the  Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development the Hon. Janat Mukwaya who paid a courtesy call at the Lord Mayor’s Parlor.

The Minister is in Kampala on a Field Monitoring Visit as an on-the-spot assessment of selected projects financed under the Youth Livelihood Program (YLP) and the Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Program (UWEP).

The meeting was attended by the Deputy Lord Mayor Hajat Sarah Kanyike, KCCA Deputy Executive Director Mr. Samuel Sserunkuuma and Councillor Zamin Nsibambi.

Mayor in the meeting also  raised pertinent concerns about the World Bank initiative of assisting the informal sector to create jobs, improving work spaces in Kampala as common user facilities.

Lukwago celebrates over Musisi’s resignation, warns Kamya

By Robert Segawa

The Kampala Lord mayor Erias Lukwago wants  parliament of Uganda to enact a law in which the executive director for Kampala city council authority should go through the public service commission process and not mere appointment by the president.

Lord mayor Lukwago made the remarks during a press briefing at his office in Kampala, where he outlined recommendations after the resignation of executive director Jennifer Musisi.
Lukwago says over 700 staffs of the authority, didn’t go through public service process and majority do not have contracts.

Lukwago also promised to do rebranding  of KCCA to remove the new log which he says it’s meaningless   and cleanse the institution from the image  of one person ” Nankuulu” things must go.

Lord mayor also promised to take stock of  performance in Kampala capital city authority  by showing the bench mark and do the valuation of her seven years in office.

On 15th October, Jennifer Musisi tendered in her resignation letter to president Museveni after seven years in service.

A joyful Lukwago says he’s now settled in his office after seeing the crumbling empire of Jennifer Musisi he has attributed this to the power of people who elected him in office and added that  Jennifer Musisi failed to appreciate it and now she’s paying heavily, He said in life he will never miss her due to the way she treated him in period of seven years.

He says he never wanted to talk about the ordeal he went through during the 3 years Musisi closed his office and barricaded the troops for the grace of God and will of people  he is still in office.

Lord mayor also sends strong warning to Kampala Minister Betty Kamya which he says that she believes she can harvest  evil forgetting that the evil will always brings her down.

City mayor Lukwago and Councillors okay vendors’ operation on streets

Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA has allocated roads within the city centre to enable street vendors operate despite a recent order by Government to have them vacate the streets.

The decision was agreed upon by KCCA councilors in a special sitting at City hall on Monday. It was chaired by Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.

According to the resolutions of the council, the vendors will operate from 5pm to 10pm at Nakivubo Road, Allen Road, Nakivubo mews, Mackay Road and Kafumbe Mukasa Road.

A select committee has also been established to review the roads ideal to host the vendors, appropriate charges and modalities for issuing out permits to street vendors and hawkers.

The committee, composed of the three councilors in Kampala Central Division, the chairperson of the committee of gender, chairperson committee Revenue and that on Public health, will also work with Police to iron out security and traffic related issues arising out of the presence of vendors on the streets.

The committee has been given two weeks to work and report back to the council.

On the question of sanitation for the vendors, the councilors resolved that the street vendors will use KCCA toilet facilities, manage their garbage well and operate strictly under the directive of the council.

Kajumba Umaru, a Councillor representing Makindye West notes that they were against the directive that the vendors vacate immediately.

Yusuf Mutabazi, a vendor welcomed the decision saying the decision to send them off the streets is inappropriate. Mutabaazi adds that since street vendors have existed over time, they should be allowed to trade freely on the streets of Kampala.

There are over 1900 vendors in Kampala city according to statistics from KCCA.

 

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Heavy deployment at City Hall as KCCA swears in Lukwago and councillors

There is heavy deployment at City hall ahead of the swearing in of Erias Lukwago, the Kampala Capital City Authority Lord mayor and councilors.

According to our reporter, heavily armed ordinary and anti-terrorism police officers backed by Military police have deployed strategically around City hall.

Police have also deployed standby patrol vehicles and an ambulance to handle emergency cases. Those turning up for the event are screened and searched before they are allowed in.

Robert Kalumba, the KCCA deputy spokesperson describes the deployment as normal. According to Kalumba, the only new development is that KCCA employees have been barred from parking inside the precincts of city hall.

But Rusoke Kituma, the KCCA head of security, says the deployment is heavier than usual because they expect a huge gathering because each of the 27 councilors is coming with six people and the lord mayor with 200 people.

According to Rusoke, they have deployed to ensure security for the big gathering and smooth flow of traffic.

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Kayihura asks KCCA to extend Lukwago’s swearing in, police is currently overwhelmed

By Robert Segawa

The Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura has written to the Executive Director Kampala Capital City Authority KCCA Jennifer Musisi to postpone the swearing in of Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and the division chairmen as well as  Lord Councilors scheduled for  1st June Wednesday this week to next week from 6th June..

Kayihura has suggested that the swearing in ceremony be held next week since there will be not much requiring policing.

The request has been made on ground that the police is currently incapacitated to sufficiently police the swearing in ceremony and the celebrations that are likely to follow the ceremony.

According to the police spokesperson, Fred Enanga, the force will concentrate  its man power on securing the visiting heads of states and the pilgrims who are in the country and are still traveling to attend the Uganda Martyrs Day.

“There is a lot of work this week, with two visiting heads of states and the Martyr day. We hope KCCA Executive director heeds to our request and postpones the ceremony,” Enanga says.

KCCA is yet to respond to the letter that was sent this morning from the IGP’s office. track