Parliament has heard for the first time a bill drafted to provide for the election of Kampala Lord Mayor among councillors.
The Kampala Capital City Authority (Amendment) Bill 2015, was laid before plenary for first reading on Tuesday by the Attorney General, Hon. Fred Ruhindi, in a session chaired by Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga.
The KCCA (amendment) bill 2015 provides for the Lord Mayor to be elected by the Council from the councillors.
The Bill also seeks to clarify the roles of the Lord Mayor and the Deputy Lord Mayor.
It also also seeks strengthen the authority of the central government in the administration of the city by giving more powers to the minister for Kampala to be the political head of the city and the Lord Mayor only remains with legislative powers.
The Bill further seeks to expand Metropolitan Kampala city to the neighbouring districts of Mukono, Wakiso, and Mpigi.
According to the bill, the election of the Lord Mayor is not removed but only the mode of election being proposed to change.
According to the KCCA Act, currently the Lord Mayor acts as the speaker of the council.
He convenes and chairs council which an LC 5 chairman of a district does not.
Unlike in a district the Lord Mayor doesn’t form a government with an executive committee just like it is in a local government or district.
According to Presidency minister, Frank Tumwebaze, the lord mayor is the head and therefore speaker of council.
“So being the speaker he/ she has to be elected by the council and remain accountable to the council just like it is for speaker of parliament. It was this fusion of roles that made governance a bit cumbersome,” Tumwebaze is quoted as saying.