The Parliamentary Committee on Presidential Affairs has issued an ultimatum on Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) top officials to stop bickering and work for the development of the city, or risk not having the Authority’s budget passed.
The ultimatum followed a meeting between KCCA Executive Director Jenifer Musisi and Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, after the two tabled contradicting views on the brutality of law enforcement officers.
In his submission Lukwago denied knowledge of the statement tabled by the KCCA technical team on the matter, a decision that didn’t go down well with MPs.
“The unit is carrying out unregulated operations with brutality and isn’t subject to any disciplinary action,” Lukwago said.
The Lord Mayor singled out Kituma Musoke, who was hired as Musisi’s body guard, but swiftly turned to head the Enforcement Unit, saying he used his powers to wreak havoc both within the city and unit as a whole.
“The Unit is working as militia with a lot of impunity,” Lukwago further charged.
Lukwago also complained on the unfair treatment from MPs whom he accused of ganging up against him whenever he raises matters about Kampala.
The Lord Mayor also demanded the relocation of the KCCA court, saying many people have been ‘tortured’ by the court.
However, in her presentation, Musisi had defended the Law Enforcement Unit, saying it is carrying out its normal duties.
On intervention Committee chairman Jessica Ababiku, warned the duo against the continued bickering threatening not to process any Bills or Budget if the two warring sides ever appear with diverging views.
Suzan Amero, the Amuria Woman MP, on the other hand called for change in the structural appointment of the Executive Director of KCCA.
“The biggest challenge in KCCA is the struggle for power. The Executive Director has too many powers because she is appointed by the President yet we think she should be appointed by the Public Service Commission,” Ms. Amero said.