By Josephine Birungi
KAMPALA. Minister for Kampala Ms Betti Kamya and his political rival Lord Mayor Elias Lukwago have agreed to meet to solve their political differences. Several council meetings called by the Lord Mayor have been boycotted by Kampala Capital City Authority directors and council not facilitated.
“I called the Mayor and Honorable Namugwanya (Benna State Minister for KCCA) and we are set to seat and resolve these issues. The people we serve are fed up of our bickering we have been having. I proposed a date but the Mayor was busy, so I am waiting for him to come up with a date. I will put a side all my busy schedules and we discuss how to move forward,” Ms Kamya told The Uganda Vanguard Monday 9th, 2018.
City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago recently suspended the KCCA council meetings indefinitely following a stalemate between the technical and political wings.
KCCA directors have so far boycotted three consecutive council meetings. The impasse started on January 25 when the directors refused to participate in a council meeting that had been described as “null and void” by the Kampala minister, Beti Kamya. Kamya argued that argued that there is nothing called “resumed meeting” in the KCCA Act.
The resumed meeting is a continuation of previous meeting’s agenda. Councillors blocked the directors for over an hour when they decided to walk out of the “resumed meeting”, saying they are only answerable to the minister.
As a result, Mr Lukwago postponed the meeting to January 29, but the directors snubbed it citing security reasons. In his January 29 letter to the Lord Mayor, the acting KCCA deputy executive director, Mr Samuel Sserunkuma, said the conduct of the councillors during the January 25th meeting in, which “technical staff was held hostage for almost an hour was dishonorable and disconcerted members of management.”
He noted that they would not attend any other council meeting until councillors commit not to engage in any other acts that threaten the security and liberty of the technocrats. Mr Sserunkuma further noted that councillors must commit to maintain the decorum of council meeting.
Efforts to get a comment from Mr Lukwago regarding the proposed reconciliation meeting were futile as his phone was off.