Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) is to launch a book about its restructuring process, in which over 500 people lost their jobs.
The revelation was made today by KCCA Executive Director Jennifer Musisi Semakula, while presiding over the launch of a book ‘Restructuring: A Practitioners Perspective’, written by Jennifer Kagwa. The launch took place at Hotel Africana’s Katonga Hall and was attended by among others Ms Kagwa’s former workmates at the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), where she worked as the Commissioner, Human Resource.
Leading her former workmates, KCCA ED Jennifer Musisi said Ms Kagwa is an inspirational force.
“I thank her for being a brave, focused, intelligent and an amazing friend,” Ms Semakula Musisi said, adding: “She (Kagwa) is one of the few leaders who I not only fear but also genuinely respect and honour. I am proud to have written the foreword of this book.”
She added: “as you restructure others, you should also restructure yourself; I had decided to retire after URA restructuring but the president asked me to help rescue Kampala, this is how I became the Executive Director of KCCA.”
She also said that while at KCCA she was tasked to write termination letters for 500 workers including her relatives and those of her friends among them Allen Kagina, the former Commissioner General of URA.
“I will begin on writing my own book today, but we as KCCA are soon launching a book about restructuring of KCCA,” she said.
On her part Ms Kagwa noted that she was inspired to write the book by a number of factors among them, failure by professionals to document their experiences.
“Failure to document our experience like Allen (Kagina) and Jennifer (Musisi Semakula) have inspired me to document this book but I mainly talked about value of change, sacrifice and transformation,” she said.
A former colleague at URA, Assistant Commissioner Vincent Sseruma, praised Kagwa’s work, saying the 150-page book that costs UgShs50, 000 is insightful work that has been adopted by the Makerere University Institute of Psychology as part of the reading material for the masters students.