Tumwebaze revises KCCA act to destroy Lukwago


Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago.

Presidency and Kampala minister, Frank Tumwebaze, has appointed a committee to study the Kampala Capital City Authority Act to forge ways of destroying Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago, once and for all.

The duty of the committee is to identify gaps that can be exploited to give more powers to an appointed executive director and leave the Mayor powerless.

According to a leaked report published by Daily Monitor and compiled by the 12-man committee, it is proposed that the Act be amended to provide for the qualification of the Lower Urban Councils as O-Level or its equivalent.

In May, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah, directed Tumwebaze to present amendments to the KCCA Act in order to solve the governance issues within the Authority.

Chaired by Frank Kanduho, a councillor representing Uganda Law Society, the new committee debates on whether the Lord Mayor should be elected by universal adult suffrage or by an electoral college.

It is suggested that Clause 11(a) of the KCCA Act, 2010, be amended to limit the powers of the Lord Mayor, who is the political head of the capital city.

The draft proposals were submitted to the minister two months ago and will be reviewed by Cabinet before the draft Bill is sent to Parliament for consideration.

The councillors say current provision of the Act (section 11 (1) (a) contravenes section 3(2) of the same Act, which vests the capital city in the central government and therefore, concluded that the Lord Mayor cannot be the political head of an entity that is already governed by the central government.

Under 11(b), the Kanduho committee proposes to create the Offices of Speaker and Deputy Speak at City Hall and in the various divisions to spread out some of the powers currently vested in the Lord Mayor and the divisional mayors.

They are seeking to take over the responsibility of convening and chairing Authority meetings.

Lukwago was impeached by councillors in 2013 over allegations of incompetence, misconduct and abuse of office.

He told the newspaper that the committee revising the KCCA act is nothing but “people who are being used as pawns in this scheme to whittle down the influence and authority of a popularly elected Lord Mayor”.

“The KCCA Act vests governance powers in the Authority presided over by the Lord Mayor as supreme organ. All these machinations … are intended to whittle down the influence and authority of a popularly elected Lord Mayor,” Lukwago is quoted as saying.

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