Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) executive director Jennifer Musis has said she is ready to work with city Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and all the other elected city leaders in transforming Kampala.
According to her, KCCA is credited for being the best city authority in the East African region.
“I would like to congratulate you all who were elected. We are ready to work with you in transforming the city together,” said Ms Musisi at the swearing-in ceremony of all the elected leaders of Kampala city, including Lukwago at City Hall.
Musisi said the first five years [since 2011] were for laying a foundation to ensure better service delivery.
She noted that at the moment, Kampala is rated among the best cities in the region and promised to develop it further.
The swearing-in comes barely one week after the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Gen Kale Kayihura wrote to KCCA executive director Jennifer Musisi to postpone the Lord Mayor’s swearing-in on account that police would be overstretched with security of two visiting presidents of South Korea and Turkey and Friday’s Uganda Martyrs Day celebrations at Namugongo.
Presidents Park Geun-Hye (South Korea) and Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Turkey) left the country this week.
The KCCA spokesperson, Mr Peter Kaujju, confirmed Mr Lukwago’s swearing-in tomorrow.
Mr Lukwago has been out of office since November 25, 2013 following a controversial impeachment by KCCA councillors and protracted court battles that kept him away from City Hall until he was re-elected this year for a new term.
During the mayoral elections in February, Mr Lukwago received 176,637 votes (80 per cent) to beat his two other rivals NRM’s Daniel Kazibwe aka Raggae Dee, who polled 49,366 and Democratic Party’s Issa Kikungwe with 7,759 votes.
Despite winning the polls, there has been a long standing disagreement over Lukwago’s return to office.
His swearing-in tomorrow will now return him as the new Kampala City Mayor.
Ms Nyanjura Doreen (FDC), the woman councillor representing Makerere in KCCA, said after the swearing-in, the council will be committed to serving the people who voted them into power.
“Swearing-in means officially being in office and executing official duties. Real work begins now,” Ms Nyanjura said.
At least 34 councillors were elected to represent Kampala electoral zones in the city council.