A lot has been said about Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) in the aftermath of the presidential and parliamentary elections.
What is becoming clear is that certain sections of people with vested interests are giving the President wrong information on KCCA’s role in the elections to try and cover up for their own inabilities or create room for their ill-motives to thrive.
There is no doubt that KCCA has undertaken massive infrastructure and service delivery initiatives that have positively turned around the image of the city. But this has never been smooth-sailing.
Even as we battled to have KCCA undertake whatever projects it did, there were always forces whether from the opposition, the NRM or even mainstream government that opposed our (KCCA) firm and decisive approach to transforming Kampala.
A lot of this opposition was based on selfish commercial interests. It is now visible that these forces are hoping to use these election results as an excuse to push through their agenda.
Passing the KCCA budget in parliament every year was always a tag of war, but friendly forces in parliament mainly of NRM and a few from the opposition would see the logic of our efforts.
Am happy and proud of the KCCA team led by Madam Musisi for all we achieved and still achieving.
As minister for Kampala, I chose to firmly support KCCA so as protect them from the unending political altercations and enable them to concentrate on their technical work.
I am happy that visible progress has been made. So the poor performance of NRM in Kampala in the recent elections, is a challenge that we need to correctly analyse as a party and not blame on KCCA.
Therefore, those rushing to give the President biased information against KCCA are only trying to use the challenge of the party’s poor performance in Kampala as a blessing in disguise, to further their earlier on anti- KCCA Agendas.
An honest conversation is required or else we risk undoing the great milestones we have painfully achieved in the city. Let us asses how potent our party’s campaign and mobilization strategy in Kampala and other urban areas generally was?
However, in doing this, we must avoid falling prey to those who now see this as a chance to roll back the gains made under KCCA and return this city to the dark ages of disorder, filth, wheeler-dealing and corruption. Already I can see different groups pouring back on the streets of downtown Kampala with intention of returning the city to its old chaotic and filthy state.
This will not be accepted. We have informed the police and we expect their full support in this noble duty of regulating the city’s trade environment.
Kampala is the image of Uganda and its our nation’s signature mark. We must therefore decide how our image should look like.
This is a must do irrespective of who is politically popular or unpopular in Kampala. As long as am still minister for Kampala, I will pursue this line with neither fear nor indecisiveness!
Frank Tumwebaze, MP Minister in Charge of the Presidency and Kampala Capital City, Government of Uganda